Today we celebrated National Bookmobile. The Library District and its two bookmobiles joined libraries across the country participating in National Library Week April 13-19, 2014. Both celebrations are sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).
A bit of history
In April 1959 the first bookmobile was dedicated to visit Hawthorne, which lacked public-funded library service. Shown in this photograph are Hawthorne community leaders who helped bring this service to their community. From left to right are Lotta Wadsworth (president of the Hawthorne Women's Club), Frances Stephens, and Clifford Johnson.
Currently, we have two bookmobiles that visit 29 regular stops 66 times a month. And most months the bookmobiles go out to special events at schools and community organizations. Each month around 2,500 people visit us. Each bookmobile carries between 2,500 and 3,000 items- books, movies, audiobooks, magazines.
“Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day (NBD) recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct-delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life.
Bookmobiles can be found around the world, in many different forms – from the familiar bus or van-like vehicles to other means of transport, including a biblioburro in rural Colombia, a camel library service in Uganda, the M.S. Epos library ship in Norway, and elephant libraries in Thailand.”