Sonoma County's FREE Bookmobile stikes again ... it was spotted outside Charles Street Village in Cotati, a Burbank Housing Project for low income Seniors. I had read (pun intended) about the bookmobile several months ago, but today was my first chance to get a closer look.
Thanks to Glen Weaver, a Sebastopol resident, those who do not have the funds to purchase books can get them free from his set of wheels, a customized 24 foot truck with oak cabinets and skylights. Glen bought this $70,000 custom vehicle for $6,500 that was advertised on Craigslist.
The truck had been owned by a library in Inez, Kentucky, who couldn't afford the upkeep. Too bad for Inez, but great news for Sonoma County. Glen used to haul books around in a trailer that would need to be loaded and unloaded, an exhausting laborious chore. Now, "customers" can actually walk into the truck to peruse up to 2,000 book titles.
It was very endearing today to watch seniors donate some of their collectibles, then select a title or two in "trade". Trading isn't required, the books are free. But many who visit the bookmobile want to give back, leaving enough for everyone at the next stop.
Kudos to you, Glen Weaver, you are a bright light in Sonoma County. What better than to read by?
Cynthia Larsen (707-332-2560) is an independent broker and owner of Safe Haven Realty in Sonoma County, California. Visit www.safehavenrealty.com to view available homes for sale and to learn more about this beautiful wine country destination.