Big Blue Retires from Service

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dear Navigator and Big Blue Patrons,

Since the launching of the Navigator in February 2008, the Ypsilanti District Library has been proud to serve our community with two bookmobiles. With the addition of the Navigator, we were able to increase weekly neighborhood stops from 30 to 40. We must share with you the sad news that we are no longer able to continue maintenance of Big Blue.

Big Blue has been hitting the streets of Ypsilanti since 1999. During the last ten years, Big Blue’s staff have answered over 27,171 reference questions and checked out over 134,102 items. Big Blue has participated in countless school visits, community events, and parades. Ten years is an advanced age for a bookmobile, and in the last year, it has become clear that Big Blue is ready to retire from service.

We apologize for the interruptions in service that have taken place due to Big Blue being off the road. We will roll out a new Navigator-only schedule on June 1. Until that time, we will use the existing January-May schedule, alternating on a biweekly basis between Navigator stops and Big Blue stops. The schedule can be found here.

May 4-7 Big Blue schedule
May 11-14 Navigator schedule
May 18-21 Big Blue schedule
May 26-28 Navigator schedule (no service Monday, 5/25 – Memorial Day)
June 1 New summer schedule to begin

The new summer schedule will be available at all library locations and on our website at the end of May. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have during this time of transition. Thank you for all of your wonderful support for the library. We hope to continue seeing you on the Navigator.

We have created a web page to share memories of Big Blue. Please share your memories with us by emailing them to


Mary Garboden
Head of Outreach Services
Ypsilanti District Library
ph: 482-4110, ext. 1316

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