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An Obit from Monroe,MI, for Evelyn Obenchain, the first Monroe County bookmobile driver.
The Monroe woman began working for Monroe County Library System in 1942 and worked for a total of 23 years, most of them as the bookmobile driver. She drove until poor health forced her to stop.
I'll never miss an opportunity to post a story on Book Mobiles! Here's One From Wisconsin State Journal: Since 1967, the big green bus has been chugging around the county, making sure those who can 't get to a bricks and mortar library can maintain their contact with literacy.
But the bookmobile is becoming something of a dinosaur around the country. Though there are still about 900 operating -- it is a big country, you know -- they are slowly being displaced. The Boston Globe reports bookmobiles are going out of business all over Massachusetts and that those that remain in operation are struggling.
bookieincolorado writes "Asia Foundation Launches Mobile Library Initiative in Sri Lanka.
The San Francisco-based Asia Foundation, with support from the AIG Disaster Relief Fund and Give2Asia, has announced a new mobile library initiative designed to serve an estimated eighty thousand families and children living in southern and eastern Sri Lanka.
The mobile libraries will be stationed in the communities of Hambantota, Hikkaduwa, Kattankudy, and Thirukkovil, all of which were affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. The foundation has retrofitted buses as mobile libraries stocked with books selected by local authorities and available in Sinhala, Tamil, and English, as well as a laptop computer, multimedia projector, and educational DVDs.
From the paper: What is big and purple and carries school children? The Ferguson Library's Purple Bus, of course. This fall marks the 10th anniversary of the library's Purple Bus service.
The eye-catching Purple Bus brings classes from Stamford pre-school and elementary schools to the library during the school year. Last year, 138 pre-school and elementary school classes visited the library on the Purple Bus; a total of 2,953 students all together.
Younger children receive an introduction to the library while the older students learn how to perform research using the library's many resources, including the online catalog and research databases.
A mobile library is changing the lives of children in this remote village in Uttar Pradesh. This library does not move in a van or a car. A team of 45 dedicated volunteers carry books to different areas of the block, which is about 20 kilometres from Amethi district, and the adjoining areas on bicycles or on foot.
Each library has 400 to 700 books but the librarian carries 100-125, which are circulated. The NGO Pratham provides the books and pays the librarians an honorarium of Rs 500 per month. Sanjay Tiwari, a Pratham volunteer in Gauriganj, says: "We also give books free now and then."
infodiva writes "I found this great news story via the boing-boing blog...BBC News reports that a university in Venezuela is using a novel method to take books into remote communities and encourage people to read: book mules. Yes, actual mules. See the entire story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own _correspondent/6929404.stm"
Here's the best story we're posted in weeks! It has something for everyone, bikes, Japan, and books! Kazuhiro Doi is on a one-man mission to change the world by pulling a mobile library on a bicycle around Japan.
For more than two years, the 28-year-old has been distributing books on the environment, civil disputes and other social issues on a custom-made bicycle with a waterwheel-shaped bookshelf across his native Japan, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.
Colorado Springs Gazette Has One on The Pikes Peak Library District bookmobile. Six days a week, weather permitting, the districtâ€™s two bookmobiles trek out to the small towns scattered across the vast expanses of the county north and east of Colorado Springs. In an area where a visit to a bricks-and-mortar library can be a daylong haul, the arrival of the library on wheels is a big deal â€” like Santa arriving by sleigh. Folks with totes and plastic grocery sacks crowd aboard the vehicle, eagerly choosing from the 4,500 books, magazines, CDs and videos.
News From Ghanan where The Ghana Library Board (GLB) is to take delivery of 10 mobile library vans from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) this year as part of efforts to revamp its outreach programme and serve as the fulcrum for devolving knowledge at the grassroots.
The vans to be located in every region, would serve as the springboard to make available vital educational materials to rural communities and students who require such critical knowledge for their educational pursuits.
Anonymous Patron writes "The OCRegister has some Sad News. Demand for the service falls as costs increase. Only two cities in Orange County still have them.The nation's bookmobiles are slowly going the way of the dinosaurs, killed off not by meteors, but by new technology and rising fuel prices. On Thursday, Santa Ana became the latest city to say goodbye to the bookmobile, citing high costs and relatively low patronage."