Crab Orchard Library takes Outreach Van program to rural areas

PITTSBURG, Ill. (KBSI) – Access to books and library materials is now becoming available to Pittsburg and Creal Springs.

Crab Orchard Public Library is providing this access through its Outreach Van initiative. 

The program will give members of the community a chance to receive free wi-fi and check out and return library materials, as well as visits to temporarily homebound individuals.   

Crab Orchard Outreach librarian Lisa Johnson says this is important because those areas do not have access to the library. 

“We bring the library to the community of Pittsburg and Creal Springs. Patrons can come here. They can check out library materials that we have on hand; we have DVDs audiobooks, magazines, and books for all ages and they can even return their library materials. We also have free Wi-Fi for them, so these communities are a rural part, so they do not have … some families do not have a way to get to the library and we wanted to bring it to them,” said Johnson. 

 Another service they provide with the outreach program is a homebound service to those who are confined to their homes temporarily or due to illness, disability, age or mobility issues. 

At the end of 2020, the Illinois Heartland Library System announced they were planning to grant five retired surplus vehicles to five libraries to assist in their community outreach programs

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