Sussex County’s library on wheels is back in service with a new look and a new name. Just try not to call it the bookmobile.

Sussex County’s library on wheels is back in service with a new look and a new name.

Just try not to call it the bookmobile.

“We changed the name to the Sussex County Mobile Library because we think that better captures what it is,” county library director Kathy Graybeal explained Tuesday, during an official unveiling for the redesigned 1997 Thomas Built Bus held outside the County Administrative Offices in Georgetown. “The most popular items tend to be the audio books, DVDs and other media, so it’s not just books. Plus, it offers all the same services as the 14 library branches in the county.”

In addition to a new name, the bus formerly known as the bookmobile now sports a colorful, new exterior wrap that features scenes from throughout the county, including the Sussex County Courthouse, the boardwalk in Rehoboth and Seaford’s Ross Mansion.

“The old, beige paint was peeling off and the county seal that had been on the side was completely gone,” Graybeal said. “Since this is the greatest merchandising tool the libraries have, we wanted it to better represent us and some of the places and events that make Sussex County so special.”

The redesign was part of an $11,700 overhaul that also included a new exhaust system, generator and carpeting.

The upgrades, which were funded through a grant from the Delaware Division of Libraries, are the first major improvements to the bus since it went into service in the county 12 years ago.

The bus had been out of circulation for about three months while undergoing serving.

Graybeal said the mobile library returned to service last week with appearances at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and the Lewes Public Library for kickoff events for the statewide summer reading program.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer, the rolling library will take its collection of about 2,200 books, periodicals, movies and audio programs to various locations throughout Sussex County, including daycares, nursing homes, senior centers, community centers and summer camps.

“It will return to each location about every three weeks, so patrons can pick and return material without ever having to go anywhere but onto the bookmobile,” Graybeal said.

Wait, did she just say bookmobile?

“Even we are still getting used to the new name,” she said. “Some of us will probably call it that forever.”

The not-bookmobile also will visit different library branches in the county each Thursday for special “Geek the Library” events organized as part of a national public library awareness campaign.

For a listing of the Sussex County Mobile Library’s scheduled stops this summer, visit or call 855-7893.