Book Mobiles

Reinventing the bookmobile in Texas with The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library

The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.

School Bus Driver Honored for creating a "Library on Wheels"

Books on board - Learning in progress! That's the mantra of one Prince William County school bus driver who turned the bus into a "library on wheels." Ric Clark was voted the "Education Support Professional of the Year by the Virginia Education Association for his efforts in creating a learning and interactive experience for kids.

Book Bus is driven by literacy

Book-loving Tampa, Fla., resident Jennifer Frances stopped at locations in Buffalo on Tuesday to read aloud to children and distribute free books to kids ranging in age from babies to teenagers.

"Bess the Book Bus" a literacy-themed volunteer project that Frances began in Florida 10 years ago, made its second stop in Western New York this week, after a first visit to the region last year.

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A How-to For eBooks

Residents learned how to download e-books inside the Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie (near Albany NY). The 74-foot vehicle, which will be at the East Greenbush Community Library on Thursday, is on a nationwide tour to demonstrate broadband Internet-connected PCs, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore the library ebook download service.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Photos-Digital-Bookmobile-3773595.php#ixzz233kApM2O

A Food Truck & a Bookmobile Walk Into a Museum

This is an essay I wrote last month and am having trouble finding an audience. I think LISnews readers and I would find it mutually beneficial.

http://grawlsy.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/a-food-truck-a-bookmobile-walk-into-a-museum/

Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight

Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight
Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system. Ten months into the fiscal year, checkouts have already more than doubled last year's numbers, with more than 189,000 checkouts of electronic titles. Similar trends are seen in Clackamas and Washington counties.

To meet the increasing demand, libraries throughout the metro area are increasing their collections of downloadable books, audio and video. But navigating the ever-expanding options can be overwhelming. Library visitors so regularly request help with their e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones that Flotten has launched a weekly hourlong session to answer their questions.

Bookmobile brings library to towns without one

Bookmobile brings library to towns without one
Bookmobile Jr. is exactly what it sounds like: a smaller version of the mobile library, filled with children’s books and resources for day care owners. The library associates who travel with the driver affectionately call the vehicle "Junior" and travel to large and small day cares in Boone and Callaway counties.

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Library on wheels fills need for books

For those less mobile, library on wheels fills need for books
The Pauline Z. Smith Bookmobile of the West Haven Library has been on the road since 1971, much to the delight of bookworms young and old.

Though the vehicles used to be common in municipalities across the state, bookmobiles are now mostly a thing of the past.

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The Final Chapter For A Trusty Bookmobile?

Story on "Weekend Edition" on NPR

Those rolling reading rooms are becoming scarce — too costly and outmoded, some say. The bookmobile in one New England town just broke down, and residents are wondering if it's time to shelve it in the history section.

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More Alternative Libraries

More on the sudden sprouting up of alternative libraries from the blog Beyond the Margins by guest blogger Necee Regis:

As a kid, I loved to read. Still do. The problem for my eight-year old self was that the public library was so far away. Located at the opposite end of town, about three miles door-to-door, it wasn’t easy for me to get there with my mom, a single parent who never learned how to drive.

Lucky for me, the library sponsored a Bookmobile, a rolling library located—if my memory is correct—in a cross between an Airstream trailer and a bus. It arrived once a week, parking in the supermarket lot behind our apartment building, and I still remember the thrill of climbing on board and choosing my reading materials for the week. No matter that my choices were limited to the meager capacity of its shelves. The Bookmobile expanded my world.

New and inventive ways to share books, promote literacy, and create community are appearing all over the place: in public phone booths, in front of private homes, in underused urban lots, city parks, and farmers’ markets. Here’s a tour of some pretty spectacular ways to find and share books. Keep your eyes open: an alternative library might be coming to a corner near you.

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