Oakland’s newest library can go anywhere; on Friday, the city unveiled a customized vehicle that brings books, laptops, tablets, electronic charging stations and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Dubbed the Oakland Public Library Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVe), the vehicle also carries gaming and bike repair equipment and can be used as a center for educational activities, movie nights, story times or just quiet reading.
“The libraries are the public service that is enjoyed by everybody,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said outside City Hall on Friday. “No matter what part of the city you live in, no matter your age, your income, your language, everybody loves a library.”
The mayor used the event as an opportunity to campaign for a measure on the June 5 ballot, Measure D, which would impose a $75 parcel tax for library services for the next 20 years.
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A Ford E-450 equipped with Motiv Power Systems all-electric EPIC Chassis, the MOVe is 27-feet long and over eight-feet wide. Each side of the truck has panels that lift outward, allowing the MOVe to expand to 31-feet long and 14.5-feet wide. The exterior designs were created by Dragon School and students from MetWest High School.
Designed by Gyroscope, Inc., and fabricated by Sheet Metal Alchemist, two local companies based in Oakland, the MOVe’s concept was developed through a series of six youth focus groups that were conducted in East and West Oakland. The focus groups provided feedback on the design and services they would like to be provided by the MOVe.
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