'They called, and we answered,' NCPL Bookmobile bringing books to Midwest students

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - Due to the recent closure and relocation of Midwest School , the Natrona County Library’s Bookmobile has extended its services to include North Casper Elementary through the rest of the school year. The Bookmobile made its first stop at North Casper Elementary on Friday, May 27. ​ It will make an additional stop on Friday, June 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. and visit North Casper Elementary every day from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8. Midwest’s staff reached out to the Library amid the announcement of a gas leak and subsequent closing of the school for the remainder of the school year, noting they were desperate for resources. “They called, we answered,” says Lisa Scroggins, Natrona County Library Director. “This is an important time for us to come together as a community to support our students and teachers. Closing Midwest School, relocating the students and staff, evacuating some of the houses near the school where some teachers and staff reside — none of this is going to be easy, and we want to do everything we can to help. We’ve loaded up the Bookmobile with more materials than usual, we’ve gathered together the staff, and we even grabbed some extra library cards for the teachers, just in case. ” “The staff and students are overwhelmed with gratitude,” says Wendy McGregor, an Instructional Facilitator at Midwest School. “It means a lot to all of us to have the Library readily capable and willing to quite literally show up at our doorstep with access to thousands of books, movies and other educational resources." All items checked out at the Bookmobile can be returned to any library branch, including the Edgerton Branch at 935 Cottonwood. “We want the families and staff who reside in Midwest to know that they don’t have to drive back to Casper to return their checked out materials,” says Scroggins. “They have a branch nearby where they can return old items and check out new ones. And if there’s a book, movie or anything else they want at our main library, we’ll make sure it gets to Edgerton as we always have.” The Friends of the Natrona County Library also are offering every resource they have to the Midwest's staff, including an invitation to browse the Friends' collection and take whatever they may need. "It's humbling to see the impact we are having not just in Casper but throughout Natrona County," says Lee Tschetter, Bookmobile Coordinator. "If we can provide teachers with books and movies to use in their classroom, or help a student find a book to enjoy this weekend, then we've done our job. All of it will go a long way towards easing this difficult transition." Photos: h/t NCPL/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news