TAVARES — A community effort to solve a transportation problem is bringing the joy of reading to children of the Paisley community in Lake County.
The Public Transportation, Library Services Friends and Community Enhancement programs of the Lake County Department of Community Services recently were involved in a partnership to provide nearby students transportation to the Paisley County Library for the summer reading program.
Citizens of the Lake Kathryn and Deerhaven communities identified the need for bus services. Linda Smith of Deerhaven helped to coordinate the number of children attending the events.
"I think it's great," she said, "There's not a lot going out in this area and transportation is a problem sometimes for children to get to certain activities."
Public Transportation Division Manager Ken Harley worked in concert with Community Enhancement Coordinator Bill Gearing to seek out other resources to help accommodate the request. Community partners from the Methodist churches in Mount Dora and Eustis also helped to fulfill transportation needs for 10 planned library activities from June 11-July 6.
"I think this has been a worthwhile experience," said Bonnie Tedder, Missions Committee Chairperson for the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. "The children are really excited about the library's program and activities."
The impromptu transportation service for Paisley's summer reading program is the second recent collaboration between the County transportation and library divisions. On June 7, the Lake County Library System and Lake County's new public transportation service, LakeXpress, began offering a free paperback book to each rider. Passengers of LakeXpress are provided a bookmark when riding the bus, and riders can redeem the bookmark at any one of the Lake County system libraries for a complimentary paperback.
For more information about LakeXpress, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com. For more information about local library activities, log on to www.lakeline.lib.fl.us.