STAMFORD — The Ferguson Library Bookmobile may appear unassuming from the outside.

The top of the vinyl-wrapped book-bus bears the marks of many low-hanging branches. Riveted seams along the fiberglass sides have split, and are now re-secured with nuts and bolts. The tires are mismatched. It’s in such a state the library has requested the city for $250,000 to replace it.

But on the inside, the mobile library can be a magical experience.

“People will come on (to the bookmobile) and their eyes will go wide,” said Ashley Hamel, who works on the Bookmobile once a week. “I’ll say, ‘Welcome to Narnia. It’s bigger on the inside.’”

Stamford’s Ferguson Library has had a mobile branch for more than 75 years. This latest iteration, decorated with the larger-than-life spines of hardcover books, travels the streets of Stamford three times a week. Over the course of the day, it stops at preschools, day care centers, shopping malls and community centers.

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