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‘Books on the Bus’ is Richland Library’s latest traveling collection

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Get ready to catch your next read on The COMET. Richland Library is carpooling with Columbia’s local transit service to offer a traveling collection, called “Books on the Bus.”

The program, which launched Jan. 22, allows riders to borrow a book from a collection basket on The COMET to read en route or take the book with them to their travel destination. Once they’re finished, riders can return the book on The COMET or to a library location closest to them.

“This is an example of our commitment to provide the community with a meaningful and educational experience on our transit system,” said John Andoh, executive director and CEO of The COMET. “And it’s another way how we can be a meaningful part of the community.”

More than 1,000 books are available through “Books on the Bus,” which Richland Library staff handpicked. There are close to 20 books in each collection basket, and they cover all ages groups — children, teens and adults.

“Learning can happen anywhere, any time,” said Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins. “Our staff want to make it easy for local residents to engage in small, daily actions that make life and learning more enjoyable.”

The collection baskets are accessible on 58 of The COMET’s 81 buses, which make up nearly 70 percent of its fleet. They’re located along some of the more heavily-traveled bus routes in Richland County.