Books in hand, Claudia and her son Julio leave the Mountain View Bookmobile at Castro Elementary School on Dec. 4. On Tuesday, the City Council approved an $89,000 donation from Google that will keep the city's bookmobile on the road through June of 2014.
Originally purchased with a $1 million grant from Google in 2006, the environmentally friendly, WiFi-equipped bookmobile stops at seven preschools, three corporate campuses, four senior facilities and Castro School. Over 70,900 items were checked out from it last year. With the new funds, two more schools will be served, and the library can begin loaning out laptops and tablet computers. Library director Rosanne Macek says the city is very fortunate to have Google's support.