The free mobile library painted to look like the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine has come its last mile.
Owner Linda Pearson shared on social media last week that the van “died and should be removed” after its transmission went out. The estimated cost to repair the vehicle is more than its value and Pearson announced this week that it is rather fundraising to replace it.
“Any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated,” she says. “Even $1 helps! »
A veteran, Pearson first painted his van 12 years ago just for fun. It quickly became recognized in her neighborhood and when COVID hit in 2020, she decided to turn it into a small, free mobile library in hopes of providing books to underserved children in San Antonio. It has since done so, partnering with KLRN, the city, the Witte Museum and other organizations to provide books at parks, events and elsewhere.
The Little Free Library is a registered nonprofit, but the van is not part of a charity. So Pearson paid for her insurance and maintenance (she’s spent about $12,000 on maintenance and repairs over the past two years). Rather than continue pumping cash into the aging vehicle, Pearson is looking to purchase a 2012 Honda Pilot.
Her GoFundMe page says the $21,000 she is trying to raise will cover the cost of the new pickup truck as well as paint materials, taxes and title fees.
In the meantime, Pearson continues to provide free books to young people in San Antonio without the van. She will be at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center with a table on Saturday May 14.