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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.
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
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.
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.
This Article Out Of Lichfield, England, says Mobile library vans are being used in a pioneering crime-busting initiative in Lichfield to help people avoid falling prey to thieves and thugs. The enterprising new scheme will be launched on Wednesday and will allow residents to order personal attack alarms, door chains and other security devices direct from the mobile library vans.
Robin Blum noted This NYTimes Story on the New York opening of the Autonomadic Bookmobile, which for two years has traveled the country carrying books by Autonomedia, a small nonprofit Williamsburg publisher that prints criticism by authors like Dwight McDonald, Guy Debord and Michel Foucault.
Autonomedia, whose staff members are volunteers, has published more than 200 books. Typically, about 3,000 copies of each book are printed, Mr. Fleming said. But the publisher's best-known book, "T.A.Z." (Temporary Autonomous Zone), a collection of essays on autonomy by Hakim Bey, has sold about 30,000 copies.
News On the Wilkes County Library's new bookmobile. the new bus will be used for years. It cost about $144,000 and was paid for with money left over from the construction of the county's main library building in North Wilkesboro, which opened in January 2000.
The new vehicle is about 4 feet longer and will hold 2,500 books and videos. The old bus held fewer than 2,000.
Patrons will also find lots of Spanish-language materials to serve the county's large Hispanic community.