The Hot Wheels program provides licensed Childcare Providers of preschoolers with an excellent library experience at their site. Bookmobile or a professional staff member visits to assist in meeting educational and reading needs with a wide variety of quality books, music, videos, CD-ROM software and storytelling kits.
These visits encourage childcare providers to make the library a regular part of their school and life and increase awareness of the importance of reading to preschoolers.
The program requires a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 25 children between the ages of 2½ and 5 per storytime.
Each group of preschoolers has a full library experience. Books are returned from the previous visit, a storytime is offered, and books are checked out for the following four weeks.
How can I get my preschool on the schedule?
The Hot Wheels service area includes Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, San Lorenzo, Union City and unincorporated Alameda County.
Licensed childcare providers in this service area are encouraged to contact Hot Wheels in May at 510-745-1478. New stops are added for the summer months and an effort is made to rotate about 10% of the schedule each year.
Come visit the Alameda County Library Bookmobile, a vibrant, traveling library that houses materials and resources for all ages, including: fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, Large Type books, books on CD, and a staff that's always glad to help you find what you're looking for.
With your Alameda County Library card, items can be borrowed and returned just as you would at any of our brick-and-mortar libraries. The Bookmobile visits schools, daycares, senior housing facilities, apartments, neighborhoods, and community centers on a three-week rotation. The Bookmobile creates a community wherever it goes, and is a wonderful place to browse, meet neighbors, and expand horizons.
For all questions about the Bookmobile, please call our office at 510-745-1477.
To place holds and to check your account: Visit our website at www.aclibrary.org. You can also call the office or speak with a librarian on the bookmobile.
The first time you place a hold to be picked up on the bookmobile, especially if you place the hold online, please tell the librarian or call the office, to let us know which stop you will be using. Once you have a designated stop, we will bring all of your requests to that location. Due to space limitations, we are only able to carry the holds for the stops we will be visiting on any given day.
The Bookmobile currently operates on a three-week rotation. All items (including DVD's) are checked out for three weeks in order to coincide with our visits. The Bookmobile follows Alameda County's fines and fees policy. Please keep track of your own due dates and, to avoid fines, return or renew your items before the due date.
There will be occasions when the bookmobile has to go out of service or a stop has to be changed. When this happens we do our best to notify patrons ahead of time, but this is not always possible. It is especially difficult to notify patrons of last-minute, unexpected changes, but we are sometimes able to make an attempt to reach you if you leave your contact information with one of the bookmobile librarians.
If we have to cancel a stop, we will not charge fines for the items that were due on that date.
Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns. We'll do our very best to help you!