Two of Kent’s mobile library vehicles have been given an eye-catching new look that encourages people to read more and to take practical steps to improve their wellbeing.
The bold new design, which includes a giant bookshelf that stretches down the whole length of the vehicle, has been created by KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives, working in partnership with colleagues in Public Health.
The new-look mobiles were officially launched by Mike Hill, KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services, and Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, below.
“The giant book design makes the vehicles instantly recognisable as mobile libraries,” said Mr. Hill.
“The vehicles also carry special symbols that promote KCC’s Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign which promotes practical ways to improve mental wellbeing through ideas and activities which residents, employers and work colleagues can share and use.”
The colourful symbols found on the new mobiles highlight the ways in which people can improve their lives – be more active, keep learning, give, connect, take notice, and care for the planet.
Mr Gibbens said: “The six ways campaign is very simple but effective. There are lots of small changes people can make to their everyday lives which can have a very positive impact on their wellbeing and their happiness.”
Kent’s 12 mobile libraries are on the road almost every day and make more than 650 stops across the county every week. On board, there is a wide range of books for adults, teenagers and children to suit all reading interests.
Some also offer a selection of DVDs and talking books. People can return items, make reservations and much more, bringing the library to them.
For residents living in rural communities that are hard to reach, the vehicle is invaluable as a mobile community hub, where they get the opportunity to meet others.
Details of mobile library stops can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/libraries or by calling 03000 413131.
You can find Six Ways to Wellbeing information, services and activities near you at www.sixwaystowellbeing.org.uk