Happy National Bookmobile Day!!

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April 15 is National Bookmobile Day!! It’s a day for celebrating “our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.”

Look at this BICYCLE BOOKMOBILE from Arcata, California!!!!!

Bike bookmobile

Traveling libraries have been around since the mid-1800s. Started in the UK, they were horse-drawn and originally called perambulating libraries

Warrington Perambulating Library

The first bookmobile in the United States was started by librarian Mary Titcomb in 1904.


Look at this beauty from 1949!!


The READING ROCKET (great name!!) is the bookmobile of the Denver Public Library and it runs on bio-diesel!!!

Reading Rocket

Here’s what the interior of one bookmobile from Ohio looks like:

Bookmobile interior 2.preview

The Oakland Public Library in California got a fancy new one last year. It’s called the Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVe) and has “wifi access, laptops, tablets, video games, movies, music, books, and a variety of programs and crafts”!

Also in Oakland, California, (though not “mobile”) there is a LIBRARY BOOK VENDING MACHINE!!

Vending Machine

Did you know that there is a traveling DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE where people can download information??

Additionally, some Norwegians get their library materials from special kind of bookmobile, a SHIP named Epos!!! 


Kenyan children have a CAMEL-DRAWN bookmobile!!!! I’m not kidding!!



Celebrate National Bookmobile Day (which is part of National Library Week) by “thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.”

Reading is fun!! YAY for BOOKMOBILES!!


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  • Helen Gircko

    Bookmobile is a noble idea, regardless of transport … (Well, not quite “regardless” – the beauty of 1959 just drives me crazy. I hope the contents of the books correspond to the perfection of the car).
    Thanks for the amazing story and links, Pee-Wee! Happy National Bookmobile Day!

  • A wonderful blog Paul. It’s amazing to always give back to the community or give in Essence because when you give you receive in return.. when you send beautiful energy to others you will receive that in return yes I believe in the amazing work of the Universe most definitely… have a beautiful day. I send to you & all reading this, healing & beautiful energy