Book Mobiles

Library's Grand Dame to Roll in Parade

Here's a cute story out of Washington state about a 1924 Ford Model AA bookmobile named Pegasus. "Peggy," as librarians refer to it, belongs to the Everett Public Library and may have been the first bookmobile west of the Mississippi. It has quite an interesting history. Read it. (includes photo)

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Anonymous Donors Keep Bookmobile on Road

Two anonymous donors made it possible for the Great Falls (MT) Public Library Bookmobile to stay on the road after a county budget cut took it out of commission. It seems that "Anonymous" has done a great deal to keep this library afloat in the past decade, as the bookmobile itself was purchased with an anonymous donation in 1998. '...that donation carried a condition that government not cut back on its library funding because of the donation, and that the library establish an equipment fund to avoid the same problem in the future.' More from the Great Falls Tribune.

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Napa Valley Bookmobile: Scarier Than Space Mountain

Sad News For Napa Valley California where a request that the library revive the long-defunct Bookmobile seems about as remote as the areas the traveling library served.

The Bookmobile was discontinued in August 1998, when the expensive vehicle required more maintenance than the county's public works equipment pool felt was fiscally reasonable.

Library Director Janet McCoy said this week that she had gone on a ride-along when the Bookmobile was still in service to areas such as Lake Berryessa, Pope Valley and Angwin. "It has to rank as one of the most terrifying days of my life," she told supervisors on Tuesday.

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Malacca gets e-mobile library

An Anonymous Patron writes "Good News Out Of Malaysia where National Semiconductor recently donated an e-mobile library worth RM340,000 to the Malacca Public Library Corporation as part of the company's Community Care Programme aimed at promoting the reading habit and improving Internet access among the rural communities in Malacca. "

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Support rolls in for bookmobile In Guam

M. McGrorty writes "News From Guam where
it's going to take time, hard work and patience, but it can be repaired. Guam's bookmobile may be back on the streets within a few months, going from village to village with a busload of library books to offer residents."

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Mass. bookmobiles in trouble

Rich writes "Monday's Boston Globe reports that bookmobiles in Massachusetts are facing extinction.
Boston.com news has the story."
". . . some residents and librarians argue that it's important to preserve the bookmobile -- particularly in communities where it provides the only access to books for the disabled, day-care centers, and shut-in elderly residents.
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New bookmobile makes the rounds

Gary D. Price, MLIS writes When Don Nunes was growing up, both his parents worked. They didn't have time to drive him to the library, so he relied on bookmobiles to bring him reading materials. Read the
full story."

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Carroll Country (MD) Bookmobile Out of Service

Library Director Linda Mielke wants to know -- will the county fix their 1989 bookmobile or will they buy another snowplow? Out of service for 43 days last year, the creaky bookmobile usually carries over 48,000 volumes to patrons in all parts of the county surrounding Baltimore.
from the Baltimore sunspot

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Tokyo library van services to cease

Diesel-run library vans in Tokyo and the surrounding areas have been forced to cease operation, casualties of strict new clean-air standards that went into effect October 1. Some say that officials are using the new regulations as an excuse to cut services for budgetary reasons. It's the end of an era for the mobile library system, which has been running since 1949. Read all about it at Asahi.com.

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'Mr. Jack' steers wheeled library

Gary "ResourceShelf Guy" Price spotted a gainesvilletimes.com Article on "Mr. Jack" Holt and his library on wheels take the books to Augusta County residents not living in proximity to the library.
The large white vehicle -- more than six tons in weight, 10 feet high and 28 feet long -- has thousands of fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, how-to, westerns and children's books as well as videos.
Holt's day doesn't begin in the transformed 1990 Ford Econoline 350 with color bookshelves painted on the outside. It starts in the Fishersville branch of the Augusta County Public Library.

Holt pushes a red cart through the aisles, plucking off animal books like "Skunks do More than Stink" to go on the Bookmobile. Then Holt spends most of his days on the road again, in the vehicle affectionately called "The Bus" by the library's staff.

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