Grand opening for new bookmobile at Topeka Library

(KSNT Photo/Rocky Arnold)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The public got a first look Wednesday of the library’s newest addition that will be on the streets soon.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library held the grand opening for it’s newest bookmobile Wednesday morning.

A name was drawn for the first person to set foot on the new vehicle which is fully stocked with never before checked out books and DVDs.

The bookmobile which has been over a year in the making features a design based on the arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes short story “The Final Problem.” It was designed by Kansas City award winning photographer Alistair Tutton.

“We wanted a classic story but we wanted it to have that that local touch,” said Gina Millsap, CEO of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. “All of the scenes are set in Topeka and Shawnee County so the Curtis Home, the Kansas Historical Museum and then we actually got permission from the State of Kansas to shoot from the top of the Docking Building and in the distance you can see our state capital.”

A $200,000 gift from Capitol Federal Foundation helped replace a 21 year old vehicle.

It will be in the library parking lot until 7 Wednesday night and the library plans on putting it into rotation for bookmobile stops in the beginning of August.

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