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Colorado City residents flock to bookmobile
Rolling library makes first stop in isolated community

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Cathy Barbour with Mohave County Library District�s bookmobile (seated left) and MCLD Community Libraries Librarian Stella Carlzen (seated right) assist patrons during the Thursday visit to Colorado City.

Courtesy<br><br> Cathy Barbour with Mohave County Library District�s bookmobile (seated left) and MCLD Community Libraries Librarian Stella Carlzen (seated right) assist patrons during the Thursday visit to Colorado City.

KINGMAN - While the residents of Colorado City wait on their own library, the Mohave County Library District's bookmobile made a visit.

On Thursday, the MCLD added its newest stop to the bookmobile schedule.

"There was a steady stream of library patrons who made their way to the bookmobile to check out books," said Robert Shupe, MCLD director.

Approximately 150 new library cards were issued at the stop, MCLD Marketing and Development Specialist Kathy McGehee said. The numbers are expected to grow as residents in the area become aware of MCLD's services, she added.

The district bookmobile wasn't the only party on hand supporting literacy. The Friends of the Colorado City Library.

held a fundraiser inside the proposed library building, while the MCLD staff was stationed outside at the bookmobile, Shupe added.

While the proposed library waits for the final approval from the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, the Board already pledged its support of the concept in a 2-1 vote on May 19. A condition of final approval will require the Friends of the Colorado City Library to prevent censorship and control by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"One thing is for certain," McGehee said. "The Colorado City residents are working on meeting the directive put forth by the county Board of Supervisors to show there is an interest in having a public library in the northern communities of Mohave County."

Until the Board gives its final approval, the residents of the area must rely on services provided by the bookmobile.

The bookmobile will also provide service to Beaver Dam, Littlefield, Cedar Hills, Oatman, Scenic, White Hills, Wikieup and Yucca areas. A new and larger bookmobile will assist the long route when it's launched in September.

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