National Bookmobile Day

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Well, well, how do you do, fellow bookworms! Get ready to put your spectacles on because we're about to take a joyful ride through the Internet history of National Bookmobile Day. Buckle up, and let’s embark on this literary journey!

When is Bookmobile Day?

It's national bookmobile day on the 11th April.

Once Upon a Time, the Bookmobile

Picture a van, or better yet, a mini-bus, loaded with books of every description, ready to fill your day with adventures and journeys far beyond your imagination. This, dear readers, is none other than the venerable bookmobile. And believe it or not, it has its own special day on the calendar!

Rolling Through the Pages of the Internet

The first mention of National Bookmobile Day on the vast world wide web was a rather humble 'hello' from the literary universe. It started with a few posts, but boy, have things changed! Our data indicates 2239 mentions online. This festival of mobile literature hit a peak on April 11, 2018, proving that there's nothing like the joy of a good ol' book-on-wheels.

Marked With Love and Bookmarks

This celebration goes beyond mere mentions and hashtags. It's not just a day, it's an act of literacy love that brings stories, education, and adventure to communities across the nation. Imagine a movable library bringing joy to book enthusiasts - a concept as heartwarming as a cup of one's favorite bedtime tea and a well-thumbed copy of a literary classic.

Reading the Future

So, on National Bookmobile Day, let's celebrate these literary wagons and the fantastic librarians who drive them into our lives. Let's ensure this noble tradition of movable literature continues to thrive, bringing joy and knowledge to the next generation of readers.

History behind the term 'Bookmobile'


The Beginnings

The term 'bookmobile' traces its origins back to 1857 when it was first coined by a librarian named Melvil Dewey, who later gained fame for creating the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Dewey used the term to describe a horse-drawn wagon that transported books to rural communities in New York. These early bookmobiles were essentially traveling libraries, providing access to books to people who did not have easy access to traditional libraries.


Mary Lemist Titcomb's Innovations

In 1905, Mary Lemist Titcomb, a librarian from Maryland, took the concept of bookmobiles a step further by introducing a motorized book wagon. She is often credited as one of the pioneers of bookmobiles. Titcomb's book wagon traveled to various parts of Washington County, allowing people in rural areas to borrow books and promoting literacy. Her efforts inspired other librarians across the country to explore the idea of using vehicles as mobile libraries.


Expansion and Development

During the 1920s, bookmobiles continued to grow in popularity and became more widespread. Libraries and community organizations recognized their value in reaching underserved populations. The vehicles themselves evolved from basic wagons to motorized vans, equipped with shelves and book racks to hold a larger collection. Some bookmobiles even offered additional services such as storytime sessions and reference materials, making them important community hubs.


The First Bookmobile Service

In 1939, the first federally funded bookmobile service was established as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the United States. The WPA Book Wagon program aimed to bring educational resources to regions with limited library access. The initiative played a crucial role in promoting reading and education during the Great Depression.


Golden Age of Bookmobiles

The 1950s and 1960s marked the golden age of bookmobiles. They became an integral part of library outreach programs and were seen as symbols of literary advancement and social progress. Many communities relied heavily on bookmobiles as their primary source of books and reading materials.


Technological Advancements and Adaptation

With the advent of new technologies, bookmobiles have gone through various transformations to adapt to changing times. In the 1980s, some bookmobiles started offering access to computers and internet connectivity. As digital resources and e-books gained popularity, bookmobiles expanded their offerings to include digital libraries and mobile device access. Despite the rise of online reading, bookmobiles continue to play a vital role in serving communities without easy access to libraries.

Did you know?

Did you know that the first bookmobile service in the United States started in 1905 in Maryland? The idea was to bring books to rural areas and was as innovative as delivery drones are today!


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First identified

11th April 2015

Most mentioned on

11th April 2018

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