Oakland, CA – The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will unveil its Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVe) in a celebration featuring Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in front of City Hall this Friday (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.). The event is free, open to all ages and will allow attendees to receive an up-close-and-personal sneak peek of the MOVe.
The MOVe is a custom electric vehicle that will be deployed to various locations and events throughout Oakland to provide access to books, technology and innovative programming. OPL hopes to encourage social gathering by creating a unique and inviting space that fosters enjoyment of reading and library use.
The MOVe can tailor its contents to fit the needs of a specific audience, helping to supplement programs provided in certain areas of the City. It will always offer books, laptops, tablets, electronic charging stations, WiFi hot spots, umbrellas, portable seating and more. Adaptable features include gaming equipment, STEM and coding activities, bike repair, food literacy, movie nights, story times and quiet reading.
“We’re excited to unveil a new and innovative way the Library will reach Oaklanders of all ages,” said Interim Director of Library Services Jamie Turbak. “One of our long-term goals is to better serve our communities by connecting with them where they are. The MOVe is a great way for us to reach underserved youth and improve library access for those who have little contact with City services.”
A Ford E-450 equipped with Motiv Power Systems all-electric EPIC Chassis, the MOVe is 27-feet long and over eight-feet wide. Each side of the truck has panels that lift outward, allowing the MOVe to expand to 31-feet long and 14.5-feet wide. The exterior designs were created by Dragon School and students from MetWest High School.
Designed by Gyroscope, Inc., and fabricated by Sheet Metal Alchemist, two local companies based in Oakland, the MOVe’s concept was developed through a series of six youth focus groups that were conducted in East and West Oakland. The focus groups provided feedback on the design and services they would like to be provided by the MOVe.
The MOVe can be requested by members of the community at various events around the City. Booking is handled by the Library's Strategic Initiatives Department and dependent on availability. For information on how to book, visit http://oaklandlibrary.org/move.
What: MOVe Sneak Peek at City Hall
When: Friday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Mayor Schaaf appearance: 10:15 a.m.
Where: Oakland City Hall; 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
Who: Oakland Public Library
Spokespeople On Site: Jamie Turbak, Interim Director of Library Services; Lana Adlawan, Acting Associate Director; Matt Berson, Public Information Officer
Potential Visuals: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf address (10:15 a.m.); up-close footage of MOVe vehicle and ability to move within the vehicle; interviews with available community members; youth participants