Getting in gear: Wicomico Co. Public Library prepares to launch Mobile Learning Lab
WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – The Wicomico County Public Library (WCPL) offers many free resources for the community inside their branches. And now, the library is bringing those resources to you.
In just a few short weeks, the library’s Mobile Learning Lab will hit the streets of the county. “It’s a technology-based outreach vehicle. It’s designed to reach underserved areas of the community. We’re working with several partners and community organizations to bring resources to those areas,” said WCPL Mobile Services Associate Cristi Richardson.
The bus will make stops at TidalHealth, Chesapeake Health, Recovery Resource Center, and HALO Ministries. There, residents will be able to take advantage of many of the resources found inside WCPL branches. That includes WiFi and computer services, a digital literacy program, and job search and volunteer lawyer services.
“We decided that as the times are changing, technology is definitely a big need for our area. So, we’re expanding on the outreach that we already do with this,” said Richardson. “We hope to help bridge the small portion of the technology divide that is in our community. Hopefully, we can help do that.”
For Wicomico County’s youngest residents, the bus will also be making stops at local schools. Students will be able to get hands-on experience with STEM materials like 3D printers, and science learning programs.
Richardson is not only an advocate for these services; she also has a commercial drivers license, and drives WCPL’s Book Mobile. While the Mobile Learning Lab is slightly bigger than the Book Mobile, Richardson says she is already getting comfortable behind the wheel.
“It’s really fun to have an office that’s moving. You’re not inside one place all the time, and you get to meet new faces, and hopefully bring those faces back over and over again,” said Richardson. “I really like to meet the people in the community, and forming relationships. I’m excited to get to know everyone.”
The Mobile Learning Lab will officially hit the streets in June.