During my morning reading this morning I happened across a story about bookmobiles – including a number of photos of older bookmobiles.
The idea dates back to Ms. Mary Lemist Titcomb, a librarian in Maryland who stated in 1905: “Would not a Library Wagon, the outward and visible signs of the service for which the Library stood, do much more in cementing friendship?”
As a kid growing up in Ohio – and later in Maryland with our two children, I can remember my delight in regularly visiting our local bookmobile every week or two. What could be better than having a portable library show up down the street – where you could browse and then borrow free books!
Such a great idea – and reading this story was a lovely reminder of how much I enjoyed seeing the bookmobile arrive in our neighborhood!