MOORHEAD — The Lake Agassiz Regional Library could hit the road this summer with a set of new wheels, courtesy of the city of Moorhead.

City Manager Christina Volkers announced Monday, Feb. 10, during a City Council meeting that a decommissioned paratransit MATBUS will be donated to the library, which will turn the vehicle into a Book Truck. Modeled after West Fargo’s Little Red Reading Bus program, the Book Truck will make stops in Moorhead and Dilworth, Minn., for a pilot program in June, July and August.

“It means a lot because we have been working on raising funds to purchase a brand-new vehicle,” Library Director Liz Lynch told The Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 12. “Having that bus donated to us, we’re just thrilled.

Lake Agassiz previously had a similar program with, at one point, three buses, Lynch said. That program was discontinued in 2004, she added.

Staff have wanted to bring the library to residents who cannot make it to the building, Lynch said.

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A MATBUS has been donated to the Lake Agassiz Regional Library so it can be turned into a Book Truck. Submitted photo / Special to The Forum
A MATBUS has been donated to the Lake Agassiz Regional Library so it can be turned into a Book Truck. Submitted photo / Special to The Forum

“This is not going to be your traditional bookmobile,” Lynch said in a news release, adding the truck will offer a “menu” of library services.

Residents who stop by the bus will be able to check out materials, use Wi-Fi and get technical assistance on using mobile devices, downloading digital books and other services, according to the release. The bus also will provide children’s programming, including storytime.

The decommissioned vehicle that was donated will need to be repurposed, Lynch told The Forum. She plans to raise about $30,000 before the bus rolls out this summer.

The library started fundraising efforts Feb. 4 and has raised about $6,000 so far, she said.

If popular enough, the program could be extended into the fall and beyond, Lynch said.