Photos by Steve Shay
Librarians Hester Kremer and Thomas Swaner operate the Library2Go van that visits Burien, Boulevard Park, and White Center every four weeks. They return to the Franciscan Apartments, pictured, March 6. Anyone with a library card can check out books and DVDs from the van. You do not need to live in the apartment stops they make.

Library2Go mini-bookmobiles reach beyond the library walls

While many local residents enjoy visiting the modern Burien Library, some may find a trip to the SW 152nd St. facility either inconvenient or impossible. Enormous bookmobiles are great, but for many they park too far from their homes.

The King County Public Library System's Library2Go vans fill that gap. They can park at apartment complexes, civic buildings, and daycare centers with more agility than their larger cousins. They are also designed to pull in and drive out quickly which allows for multiple stops in one day. The program began in 2010. There are four vans total, each containing about 1,000 items, including books and DVD's, and a fifth van is dedicated to computer graphic equipment.

"The advantage of the minivans is that you can take them to smaller places, and they fit in neighborhoods where the big bookmobiles don't," said Marsha Iverson, Public Relations Specialist, King County Library System. "They reach beyond the library walls. They make community stops at regular locations on a schedule every four weeks. Anyone with a library card can check out an item from a Library2Go van. Just walk up to the van. You don't need to live in the apartment complex where it is parked."

The next time you'll see the red vans in Burien will be Tuesday through Thursday, March 6 to March 8. Iverson said that you return your book four weeks later, when the van revisits you. She pointed out that in brick and mortar libraries a DVD must be returned within one week, but you keep your DVD for four weeks if you find one you like in the van. Of course, those go quickly, she warned.

Also, the vans focus on in-home daycare facilities (not open for public access) in the mornings, so there is a slant toward children's books. Here is the March schedule. Every four weeks the vans arrive on the same days of the week, while the dates fluctuate. These stops are all open to the public:

Tuesday, March 6:

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Francscan Apartments Senior Community, 15237 21st Ave., Burien. (Just across the street from St. Francis of Assisi Parish.)

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Woodridge Park Apartments, 12400 28th Ave. S. , Boulevard Park

Wednesday, March 7:

4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Veranda Green Apts. 11301 26th Ave S. , Boulevard Park

Thursday, March 8:

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Highline Food Bank, 18300 4th Ave. S., Burien.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sea-Mar Community Health Center, 14434 Ambaum Blvd. SW., Burien.

4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Seola Gardens (KCHA) 10949 5th Ave. SW, White Center.

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