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Apr 13 2011

Celebrating The Bookmobile

by Joseph M

It’s National Library Week (see also our previous post for what DCPL is doing for NLW), and today has been designated as a day to recognize bookmobiles. Bookmobiles provide outreach to communities which may not have access to library services. Although the first National Bookmobile Day was celebrated just last year, bookmobiles have a venerable history stretching back over 100 years in America (and even further back in Europe), as described on libraryhistorybuff.com:

The concept and reality of bookmobile service started in Hagerstown, Maryland in April, 1905 when Mary L. Titcomb, the Librarian of the Washington County Free Library, sent out the first book wagon in the United States from the library.

For more information about bookmobiles, try this article from Smithsonian Magazine, or read a related DCPLive blog post from last year. You might also want to explore this nifty documentary website about a bookmobile that travels the country dispensing free library materials in exchange for interviews about books that have changed people’s lives. The bookmobile will occasionally be driven by famous authors.

And last but not least, check out My Librarian Is A Camel, which provides kids with an introduction to the concept of a bookmobile by showcasing some of the more interesting and unusual forms it can take.

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Dea Anne M April 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Great post! There’s also Down Cut Shin Creek: the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. It’s about the librarians who were part of a WPA project to distribute books and magazine to the Kentucky mountain people in Depression era Appalachia. They worked long, and sometimes dangerous hours, for little pay…true library heroes!

Denise April 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Love to see the camel book mobile. I have a special place in my heart for the big light blue bookmobile I knew as a child. We lived in a rural area and it provided my introduction to library books.

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