Mayor Chris Beutler and the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries today announced a $100,000 gift from the Lied Foundation Trust to support the purchase of a new bookmobile. The "Lied Bookmobile" will be dedicated to Ernst F. Lied and his parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied, and is expected to be in operation by the fall of 2011.
"This gift demonstrates the effectiveness of combining public and private support for City services," said Mayor Beutler. "City Keno funds were set aside to purchase a basic replacement vehicle. These additional private funds will allow us to purchase a 'green' vehicle that uses alternative fuel sources that are cleaner, more efficient and more reliable. The private funds also will allow us to purchase furnishings and equipment made from renewable sources."
The Lied Bookmobile will replace a vehicle that has been in operation since 1993. It will be equipped with new books, DVDs and CDs as well as computers for Internet access.
The Lied Foundation Trust, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was established in 1972 by Omaha businessman Ernst F. Lied in honor of his parents and has supported projects throughout the State that have enhanced the quality of life for all Nebraskans. "We are proud to be part of this very important project for the citizens of Lincoln and small communities throughout Lancaster County," said Lied Foundation Trustee Christina Hixson.
Lancaster County also is providing $20,000 toward the purchase of the new vehicle.
Library Director Pat Leach said the bookmobile provides individualized service to a diverse population. It is on the road five days each week, with scheduled stops at 30 locations, including child care and senior facilities in Lincoln and 11 communities in the County.