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February 4th, 2013:

The love of bookmobiles

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The pictures of old bookmobiles in the North Carolina Digital Collections’ Library History collection are clear favorites for many staff. What better way to start off the week than to highlight a few of them? Some images may be copyrighted, so only a small thumbnail is provided below. Simply click on the image to view the larger version in the North Carolina Digital Collections.

African American children line up outside of Albemarle Region bookmobile

This first image is popular with all who see it. No year is attributed to the it. Do you have any guesses?

The caption assigned to it is “African-American children line up outside of Albemarle Region bookmobile. ” Not only does everyone seem very engaged in what they are reading, but the design of the bookmobile itself is fascinating!

Anson County Library's first bookmobileThe title attributed to the image to the right is “Anson County’s first bookmobile.” This image belongs to the Sandhill Regional Library System. The year attributed to it is 1937. This bookmobile was apparently created from a discarded school bus! It is fun to imagine either riding to school in this vehicle or checking out books from it.

Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County

The “Mobile Library” of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County depicted to the left is dated 1955. It more closely resembles a delivery van and definitely looks like it could hold a few more books than the earlier models shown above. I also like the simple, portable step to help library users climb in and out of the bookmobile.

View more images of bookmobiles in the North Carolina Digital Collections at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/search/searchterm/Bookmobiles–North%20Carolina/. You may also view, like, and share those we have pinned on Pinterest!

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