Just like it was yesterday, I can remember stepping into the big red bookmobile as it idled in front of our local country store. The location was the ‘Comanche Y’ in south-central Oklahoma. The air conditioner is running full blast and I shiver in my shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops as I climb up the steps — and then all I can see are books. Everywhere. Hundreds of books, tucked into shelves built all along the walls, from floor to ceiling. History books, picture books, biographies, novels — all of them available to me. For a ‘book-worm’ like me, it was pure bliss!
“No better method has ever been devised for reaching the dweller in the country. The book goes to the man, not waiting for the man to come to the book.” – Mary Lemist Titcom, creator of the first bookmobile.
To learn more about the first bookmobiles, check out this web site — http://www.whilbr.org/bookmobile/index.aspx