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Mobile library leaves trail of bookworms

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."

Bibliomulas: Venezuela's Mobile Libraries

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 _correspondent/6929404.stm"


Japanese man on one-man mission to distribute books by bicycle

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.


Bookmobile takes library to rural CO areas

Colorado Springs Gazette Has One on The Pikes Peak Library District bookmobile. Six days a week, weather permitting, the district’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 — 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.


Ghana Libraries to be diversified

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.


Libraries phase out bookmobiles

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."


From Bookmobile to BiblioServiceBus

Anonymous Patron writes "Libraries and other services are having a hard time keeping up their service levels. The BiblioServiceBus is a Dutch initiative whereby a number of organisations and services joined forces to offer the inhabitants a much wider service than just borrowing books. From banking services to health information to reporting small crimes to the police. It's all part of the


Japan Donates Five Fully Loaded Bookmobiles to Syria

DAMASCUS - Ministry of Culture received Wednesday a Japanese culture gift consisting of five mobile public libraries as part of an agreement signed between the two governments in 2003 to narrow the gap between urban, rural and distant areas in some Syrian governorates, Syrian Arab News Agency reports.

The USD-265,000-gift included libraries equipped with bookshelves, service tables and 29-inch TV sets, video equipment to tour distant areas in Aleppo, Hama, al-Hasaka, Raqqa and Deir Ezzour.


Fargo Public Library Ends Bookmobile Service

Anonymous Patron writes "This city's bookmobile has come to a halt, after more than four decades of service.
"It is kind of a sad day for us," said Nancy Giere, bookmobile coordinator for the Fargo Public Library.
The decision to retire the library on wheels was made last summer, but it was news to most of the children who were informed last week. Cindy Hutchins, principal at Nativity Elementary, said she announced it last Wednesday.
Library Director Charles Pace said the bookmobile no longer makes sense now that there will be library branches on both sides of town in addition to the downtown site. The 16-year-old vehicle also was getting worn down, and a new one would cost at least $250,000, he said."


Wheeled Library Sets on Bulgaria-wide Tour

Not Many Details Here, but The Sofia News Agency reports from Bulgaria where Classic and modern books will be delivered even to the remotest parts of Bulgaria through the mobile library to set off by June.

The idea, which will be implemented for the first time in the country after the example of other states, was presented by Deputy Culture Minister Nadezhda Zaharieva.

Every seventh Bulgarian or 13% of the country's population is illiterate, according to latest surveys. The worrisome percentages of illiteracy among Bulgarians is pertaining mainly to the ethnic minority groups, such as Roma population where 60% of the youth lacks basic education.


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