Do bookmobiles still exist? Our elementary school had a fully stocked library, so I don’t know why we were given this bonus round in book selection. Seeing the green Bookmobile pull up curbside, I’d feel the same excitement I did when the ice cream truck rolled around the corner, but instead of malted milk cups and Refreshos, the treat was books and they were free.
I can’t remember how our teachers managed crowd control – did we line up and climb the folding steps in timed increments to avoid jamming the center aisle as we perused shelves of books in their cellophane dust jackets? It never felt crowded inside -- except when someone reached for the exact same book you were ready to pick.
The driver/librarian always seemed happy to be there; but who wouldn’t be, tooling around the city in a magical mystery bus, bringing tales of adventure and cowboys and pioneer girls; guides to craft-making and star-gazing; joke books and Peanuts compilations; biographies of presidents and anything by Beverly Cleary to hundreds of eager readers.
If smiles were currency, the driver/librarian collected a fortune at one single stop.
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message 1: by Jenee (new)

Jenee Rager We still have bookmobile's in our town. They travel to different parts of town at least once a week, and I think they go to the elementary schools every two weeks. We have a great public library system though, as they also offer "red carpet" services to home bound people, where they have a volunteer bring you books every week or two and sit and discuss what you've read if you want.


message 2: by Angela (new)

Angela Hi Lorna. We still have the Bookmobile going strong here in Murfreesboro Tennessee. We go to nursing homes, preschools and many other places. Looking forward to your next title!. Still a huge fan.


message 3: by De (new)

De Attended Jenny Lind Elementary in N. Mpls. The best day of my world was Bookmobile day!


message 4: by Reina (new)

Reina Williams Here in Alameda County, CA, we still have a Bookmobile as well. I love libraries!


message 5: by Barb (new)

Barb Awww, I have such fond memories of our Bookmobile. Not only when it came to our school, but when my Mom would take me to a local stop. I can still smell all the books ;)


message 6: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie I grew up in N MN and spent my early childhood on da Range and the Bookmobile would come to our small town. I ask myself the same thing - does it still make the rounds! I sure hope so - I loved when the bookmobile would come to town!


message 7: by Barb (last edited Mar 07, 2012 05:44AM) (new)

Barb Stefanie, I'm in Northern Minnesota (not on the Range), and the Bookmobile does still have routes up there, and around here. :)


message 8: by Lorna (new)

Lorna Landvik I'm so glad to hear that bookmobiles are still rumbling down the road, bringing their treasures to all lucky enough to have a library card.
Angela in Murfreesboro -- are you the Angela I hung out with on book tour years ago? I had such a great time there; from meeting
my first Red Hat Ladies ("Hi, I'm the vice president," said one woman, "that means I'm the president of vice") to having dinner in a librarian's house in the woods; the atmosphere so warm and inviting with a roaring fireplace and a banjo-playing husband.


message 9: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Vick We have a wonderful Bookmobile here in Ames,Iowa. It comes to my neighborhood every Friday and I try not to miss a visit. The bookmobile librarians are very helpful and friendly.


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