A sad tale of mechanical troubles.
Yep. We’re out of commission. Can’t get the bookmobile started, despite our (and our dear mechanic friend’s) best efforts. We’ve towed it to a shop who specializes in the type of engine we have, in the hopes of getting it figured out, but until further notice, we won’t be available in the parks. :(
Sorry, everyone - we’re super stressed about it and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time, but it is what it is. Hope to see you all soon!
Bad alternators are a thing, we guess.
After consulting with our mechanic friend - who has helped us out of a jam more than once - we’ve discovered that our alternator has gone out, so our battery has just been slowly losing charge for a couple of days. We got the bookmobile jumpstarted and to our house (as opposed to the Farmer’s Market, where it had been trapped), where we pulled it off and went to order the part. Many hundreds of dollars later, the part should be in this morning and our friend should be able to get it installed.
But that means we won’t be at Fairmeadows Park today - there’s no way to get the Antelope up and running in time. However, we’ll still go do our activities at Wood elementary and we’re hoping to be at Court Hill tomorrow morning, but stay tuned for more info if that changes!
(Also: if you’re feeling generous and would like to help defray the cost of the replacement alternator, you can always donate through paypal to the e-mail address cassandraATantelopelendinglibraryDOTcom, or if you’d be more comfortable with a check or the like, shoot us an ask or an e-mail and we’ll be in touch.)
… battery troubles?
After the Farmer’s Market last night, we couldn’t seem to get the bookmobile to start. After letting it sit overnight and hoping against all hope, it seems to still be out of commission. We’re hoping to get it up and running again this afternoon, but that means we won’t be able to come to North Market Square Park today! We’re sorry for the inconvenience and wish we could be there.
Due to inclement weather, the Iowa City Parks and Rec Playground Program will be canceled; consequently, we won’t be at Fairmeadows Park this afternoon. But come see us tomorrow at Court Hill Park from 10:30-11:30 or Wetherby from 2-3!
SIgn up to join us in the bookmobile this summer! (You know you want to…)
Kyle and Claire Benson are graphic designers and artists on a mission to find out what talented people across the country are passionate about. In September they stopped by Iowa City and interviewed our very own library director, Cassandra Elton. Check it out!