The Four-County Library System has a lot going on and Sarah Reid talks all about it on this week's edition of the weekly, local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News- Sarah Reid of the 4 County Library System
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News- Sarah Reid of the 4 County Library System

Reid, who is the outreach and news source officer for the agency that coordinates the  libraries in Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties, talks about the system, the bookmobile program and the upcoming "Read for the Record" record-breaking attempt.

Reid says literacy is still a very big issue in the area and the local libraries and the bookmobile are integral in getting information and entertainment resources into all the communities in the Southern Tier.

The bookmobile has been hitting area roads once a month since the 1960s, long before the internet, but is still a vital resource in local communities, many of which that still lack high-speed internet connections.

As for the potential record-breaking event, Reid says the National Read for the Record Day November 6 will attempt to break the record for the most number of people reading the same book at the same time.  The book this year is a sweet story of sharing: "Thank You, Omu!" Reid says the old record was set in 2013.

You can find out more about individual programs and resources at your local library by visiting those individual websites.  The bookmobile schedule and other regional information can be found at

Southern Tier Close Up is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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