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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."
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.
"There was excitement when the library camels appeared on the horizon, refusing to be hurried from their patient progress. The animals set down their cargo, and the staff from the Garissa Provincial Library assembled the tent, laid down mats and unpacked the books."
Yes, in Kenya, an underserved district of nomads sends books around on camels. The Guardian is also supporting an appeal for Book Aid International, which funds this effort (among others)."
A charming 2003 profile (Real Audio required) of librarian Dorothy Metcalfe, who has been driving the bookmobile around Nidderdale in North Yorkshire in the UK for the last 34 years. From the excellent BBC program Home Truths, and introduced by the late, great John Peel.
For the nomads of north-east Kenya, a library in a building would not be suitable...hence this unusual but completely functional Camel Library. Three caravans serve 3,500 registered users, and the schools are seeing an improvement in student work.
Very cool pictures and story from the BBC
Just wish we can a camel icon...
Update by Dan G. Borrowed from Slashdot but here's a camel.
thanks Dan G! -birdie
The digital opportunity channel - New Delhi,India has one on a neat project in northern Bangladesh. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha has devised an innovative way of providing educational services to river-locked citizens. The organisation, established in 1982 for upgrading the standard of living of the destitute communities who are socially disadvantaged, has built libraries in boats for providing education to the students unable to reach regular schools.
The Milwaukee Public Library is staring down reduced hours and elimination of its bookmobile service as the Wisconsin city struggles with budgetary concerns. Also facing the axe are firefighting staffing levels and graffiti abatement. The Central Library would close early one evening a week as part of the saving measures.
The bookmobile itself was funded in the past through with federal block grant money. But a $2 million cut in the money the city received this year means the service will, most likely, be eliminated. The Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett hopes that a company or other group would sponsor the Bookmobile.
Missourians will see a colorful addition on the road come fall, as the Missouri River Regional Library has sponsored a contest to select the graphics for their new bookmobile. The contest is open to all who wish to participate. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 5, 2005. Additional details about the contest can be found at the MLRL website.
Located in Jefferson City, the Missouri River Regional Library provides service Cole and Osage Counties in Missouri.
For five years, the van, stocked with a selection of 4,000 books and staffed by volunteers, has headed out twice weekly to five homelessness day centres in London, lending books and taking reader requests. Readers need only a name to sign up to use it.
Here's a Virginia librarian who understands the difficulties in reaching an immigrant population and has found a way to build trust and make library services available to a fast-growing Hispanic population.
The idea came from a county group called Hispanic Outreach Leadership Action (HOLA). One of its officers is Lydia Gonzalez, 67, president of the local library board. Gonzalez said she came up with the notion because she knows what it feels like to be an outsider in a new community and how one connection to a local institution, such as the library, can make a difference.
More here from theWashington Post.