Literary Lovers of Lancashire, we need your help (again)

Thursday, July 22, 2021

As part of our plan to replace the County Councils mobile library fleet, we are about to take delivery of our three final vans.


However, as we can’t decide on the vehicles names, we are asking the people of Lancashire to help, by voting from our list of pun-tastic names!

Our creative staff members have taken inspiration from their favourite books and developed a list featuring such titles as Ride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Road and Vroom with a view.
The new vehicles will join The Borrowers, Chitty Chitty Book Book and the Hardbacks of Notre Van on the road.
People are being asked to choose from a shortlist of six names, with the top three names set to adorn the final three vehicles.

The list of names are available on our social media pages, Twitter and Facebook, with a link to vote.
You have until 5pm on Friday 30 July to get involved, with the winning names due to be announced shortly after.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "People certainly got involved with the naming process when we asked for help last time, and we hope they will join in the fun once more to choose their favourite.

“I'm hoping that residents will spot these new vehicles with their catchy names, and they will bring a smile to their faces. Hopefully this will prompt them to step inside, visit and borrow a book.

"We've invested over £800k in these new vehicles which clearly demonstrates our commitment to this service.

"We know how much the mobile library service is valued by our customers. They provide an important facility to some of the most rural parts of Lancashire, giving people the chance to borrow, renew or order books."

Our six mobile vans travel across the Lancashire region and are based at Heysham, Garstang, Brierfield, Whalley, Clayton Green, and Ormskirk. Routes are covered on a three-weekly basis with over 700 stops and a wide range of books to suit all tastes. Titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books and CD's are also available.
New customers are always welcome, and you can join simply by going to the vehicle to be signed up.
More information on the mobile libraries can be found at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/mobile-library/

Notes to Editors
The mobile libraries carry a wide range of books to suit all tastes. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered, just the same as in a static library. A variety of audio books and CD's are also available.

They are fully accessible for people with mobility problems and disabilities. Each vehicle is fitted with low rise stairs and a passenger lift for easy access so that customers can board to select their own books.

The proposed names are:

- The Da Vinci Road
- Ride and Prejudice
- Vroom with a view
- Trail of two cities
- The catcher in the Layby
- Great Transportations


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