June 07, 2019
Oxford County Library unveils Ox on the Run, its new mobile community outreach program
Ox on the Run mobile outreach pilot to bring e-learning, entertainment, children’s programming and more to Oxford’s communities
Oxford County Library officially announced its new mobile outreach unit today, Ox on the Run, and its mascot “Ollie” who will help bring the project’s personality to life. The new mobile outreach pilot project will “run” its way throughout Oxford County, breaking down barriers along the way by bringing the library into our local community spaces.
The mobile outreach vehicle will offer internet access and free online resources; workshops and demonstrations, like robotics and e-learning; and, of course, books during its visits to fairs and festivals, parks, pools, seniors’ residences and more throughout the summer and early autumn. The pilot project will test the feasibility and interest in bringing Oxford County Library’s many resources to people who cannot always access their local library, for instance, because of a lack of transportation options or the ability to visit during regular operating hours.
Ox on the Run will make its first official trip into the Oxford community this Saturday, June 8 at the Otterville Mill Classic Car Show. As part of a soft launch in May, Ox on the Run visited a few communities including Ingersoll and Tillsonburg, and also made stops at the Princeton fireworks show and Calithumpian in Thamesford.
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Description: Crystal Cooper from Oxford County Library with “Ollie,” the mascot for the Library’s new mobile unit, Ox on the Run.
Lisa Miettinen, CEO/Chief Librarian, Oxford County Library
“One of our goals at the Oxford County Library is to continuously work to break down barriers to library use within Oxford. This is why we created Ox on the Run, our mobile outreach program. What better way is there to help break down geographical barriers and encourage literacy and continued learning than to bring the library right to popular gathering places or events within Oxford County.”
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About Oxford County Library
Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. The Library is a charitable organization that accepts online donations through Canada Helps on its website.
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.