Posts Tagged ‘Bookmobile’


Wheeled Wonders: a celebration of Bookmobiles

by Mari Redington on April 9th, 2019

Students from Alexander after a bookmobile visit.

National Bookmobile Day is Wednesday April 10th, and all week we are celebrating the second birthday of our very own ICPL bookmobile!

I spend almost half of my work week on the Bookmobile, and my favorite statement that I often hear is, “I loved the Bookmobile when I was a kid.” I hear this from Iowa City residents of all ages with home towns all over the country. For many, visiting a Bookmobile is an experience they will never forget. Bookmobiles are nostalgic, and let’s face it, they’re just neat.

For more than 100 years bookmobiles have brought a library to those that otherwise may not have access to one. So, in honor of a holiday of celebrating the wonderful services bookmobiles all over the world provide, I have scoured the internet for the most “novel,” whimsical and just plain neat bookmobiles over the past century.

 

Originating in the nineteenth century, the earliest bookmobiles were horse-drawn wagons filled with boxes of books. However, in the 1920s, Sarah Byrd Askew, a New Jersey librarian, thought reading and literacy so important that she delivered books to rural readers in her own Ford Model T. (From the Multnomah County Library Archives.)

 

 

 

During the Great Depression, there was a fleet of “book women” who delivered books, regardless of weather, to rural communities in Appalachia. These women would ride 100-120 miles every week on horseback, traversing dangerous terrain, to ensure that their readers received their books on time. (From the Kentucky Library and Archives.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Biblioburro is a mobile library that brings books to children in remote rural areas of Colombia using two donkeys. It’s been the subject of a PBS POV film and inspired a popular children’s book, Waiting for the Biblioburro. (From the PBS POV Archive.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa’s first mobile library rolled out in 1926 via the County Library Committee of the Iowa Library Association. The idea of the book caravan, also known as “The Lydia”, was conceived by Miss Lydia Barrette, city librarian at Mason City. Every county in Iowa could secure the use of this library on wheels for a week at a cost of $50, to help stimulate interest in the levy of a tax so that each county might have its own library and caravan.

 

 

Here’s some stunning photos of the Utah State Library Bookmobile is traveling near Zion National Park circa 1970. (From the Utah State Library.)

 

 

 

 

 

This Bookmobile Tank is a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ In 2015, Argentine artist Raul Lemesoff created a Ford Falcon-based “tank” that’s armored with free books that he distributes, gratis, to people in and around Buenos Aires.

Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital Ankara decided to give discarded books a new life by creating a unique bookmobile that tours schools in suburban districts to impart the passion for reading in children. With a total population of 5.5 million people, the Turkish large capital province Ankara is divided into 25 districts, where not all schools have the privilege of a usable library. (From the Borneo Bulletin.)

BiebBus is a children’s mobile library from the Netherlands. A traditional bookmobile would be too big for the narrow Dutch streets, so the BiebBus can expand – vertically. The bottom room is filled with shelves with 7,000 children’s books. Through the transparent ceiling you can see the upper room, which is a wonderful reading and playing area. BiebBus has a total space of 52 square meters, and offers space for 30-45 kids.


Green Day’s first tour bus was an old bookmobile van that drummer Tre Cool’s dad refurbished into a unique tour bus. Last year, Green Day donated the dilapidated bookmobile to Wheels For Wishes to be restored, after which it was sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The proceeds from auctioning this donation will go towards helping Make-A- Wish grant wishes to local children. (From Wheels For Wishes)

The Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library carried by camel to nomadic herding communities and remote parts of the Gobi desert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Bahman Beigi’s mobile library in Iran. Mohammad Bahman Beigi was a passionate activist who devoted his life to educate nomadic communities in Iran. In the 1970s he visited numerous desert villages, bringing in his jeep the books to read.

Last but not least, here are a few photos of our now 2-year old ICPL Bookmobile over the years!

ICPL’s Bookmobile on the day of it’s arrival 2 years ago this week!

 

Just recently, hitting 10,000 miles, the Bookmobile has been all across Iowa City, helping patrons of all ages in rain and shine, snow and heat, and anything else Iowa weather has to offer.

Please help us celebrate this week and year round by continuing to visit and use the resources our Bookmobile can offer!

 

Get ready to celebrate the Bookmobile!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 2nd, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, is National Bookmobile Day – but why celebrate for a day when a week is longer?

Join us as we celebrate National Bookmobile Week April 8 through April 12! Anyone who visits the Bookmobile that week will receive a sweet treat and other goodies. You can find our schedule here.

Patrons who post a photo of our Bookmobile with the #icplbookmobile hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter April 8 through April 12, will be entered in a drawing for a Bookmobile travel mug. Feel free to visit the Bookmobile more than once that week to increase your chances of winning!

We’ll see you on the road!

What’s Up with the Bookmobile and No Heat?

by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2019

The long winter is wearing on everyone, including the Bookmobile. We’ve thought of the Bookmobile’s two heaters this winter as the “Little Heaters that Could.” Unfortunately, last week they just couldn’t keep up with the extended cold and their attempts to keep the inside of the Bookmobile toasty warm. The good news is the heaters are fixed. The bad news is a fuel pump to one of the heaters is not working. Our good friends at the City’s Equipment Division have a new fuel pump on order. Hopefully the Bookmobile will be ready to roll in time for Wednesday afternoon stops. Many thanks to everyone for your patience this winter. Spring will be here soon, right?

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, Feb. 18

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 10th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, February 18.

The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile isn’t in service, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile on February 19!

No Bookmobile Service on Monday, Jan. 21

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 14th, 2019

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Monday, January 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bookmobile’s holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Even though the Bookmobile won’t be on the road, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

We’ll see you back on the Bookmobile or at the Downtown Library on Jan. 22

New Year, New Bookmobile Schedule

by Shawna Riggins on January 8th, 2019

After our seasonal service break the Bookmobile is back in action! Our Winter/Spring schedule began on January 7, 2019 and extends through May 23, 2019. The newest stops that we have added to our route include weekly visits to Shimek Elementary, Good Shepherd Center, Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, and Hills Elementary. Keep in mind, all ICPL Bookmobile stops are open to the public and all (excluding the UI College of Medicine Courtyard) offer free, nearby parking.

If you’ve considered visiting the Bookmobile, but have not yet stopped in maybe now is the right time! Don’t have a library card (or lost your old one)? Not a problem! We can issue new cards on the Bookmobile – Adults, just bring a photo ID and we can set you up with library services in a matter of minutes. More information about getting a library card can be found here.

While we feel ready for Spring weather, our calendars tell us Winter is still going strong. Now is a great time to make note of our weather policy. The Bookmobile will not operate on days when inclement weather would result in hazardous driving or service conditions, including any day the Iowa City Community School District cancels due to weather. If this were to occur, public web announcements will be able to be found on our website.

Cheers to a great new Bookmobile season. I hope to see you on the road!

No Bookmobile Service Dec. 24 through Jan. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 14th, 2018

2017-07-bookmobileThe Bookmobile will be on winter Service Break from Monday, December 24, through Friday, January 4.

During this break, the Bookmobile will undergo vehicle maintenance, deep cleaning, and restocking the shelves with great new Library materials.

During Bookmobile service breaks, Holds and ILLs scheduled for pickup on the Bookmobile may be picked up at the Help Desk in the Downtown Library. We will not capture any holds when the Bookmobile is not in service, so there may be a period of time when the Bookmobile is on break when holds will be at the Library waiting for pick-up. Don’t worry, though, because the 7-day waiting period for picking up a hold does not begin until we “trap” the hold. That’s when we send the eMail, call you on the telephone, or mail your Hold Pick-up Notice.

For full Bookmobile schedule information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile.

12 Days of Bookmobile: Find Out What the Bookmobile Can Give to You!

by Anne Wilmoth on December 8th, 2018

According to Vox, the earliest known version of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” appeared in a children’s book in 1780. Most scholars agree it was designed as a memory game where singers tested their recall of the lyrics – and had to give a kiss or favor of some kind if they made a mistake.

In 1909 a French composer set the words to the melody we now know and love (or loathe), including the long, drawn out “five go-old riiings!” verse. Vox also mentions the cost of all the gifts named in the song would total a mind-boggling $39,049.93 in 2018 dollars.

ICPL’s Bookmobile, on the other hand, is the gift that keeps on giving. We have things more useful and less annoying than eleven pipers piping; we come right to your neighborhood; and best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE. So now, in festive song form, let me remind you of the plethora of gifts the Bookmobile is just waiting to share with you…

On the first day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the second day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

two program sign-ups

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the third day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking space.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Bookmobile gave to me

twelve fines avoided,

eleven recommendations,

ten current cookbooks

nine baby board books,

eight downtown holds,

seven brand-new novels,

six toys to play with,

five bars of Wifi,

four family films,

three storytimes,

two program sign-ups,

and a free, convenient parking place.

The Bookmobile runs year-round, even in the winter! Find our current schedule here. We do cancel our stops for the day if there is inclement winter weather – find cancellation information on our social media channels or here.

We can do all kinds of things on the Bookmobile: set you up with a new or replacement library card, recommend your next favorite book or movie, entertain your children with an array of on-board toys, and sign you or your children up for our Winter Reading Program, Summer Reading Program, or Begin with Books Program.

We have materials for all ages! No matter what you check out, it can be returned back to the Bookmobile, to the downtown Library building, or at our two remote drops around town. Downtown items can be returned on the Bookmobile, too. You can even call us and we can bring anything from the downtown Library building out to you on the Bookmobile at the stop most convenient for you.

There are also NO FINES on children’s items on the Bookmobile! Best of all, we have the hottest, newest items on the Bookmobile often with no wait, while these same items have LONG hold lists at the downtown Library building. We are cranking out the heat with our state-of-the-art heating system, too – come see us this winter!

 

Library Closed and No Bookmobile Service on Friday, Dec. 14

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 6th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library will be closed on Friday, December 14, for Staff Inservice.

The Bookmobile also won’t be in service that day.

Library and Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Although the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.

Bookmobile Service during the Thanksgiving Holiday

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 14th, 2018

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will not be in service on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21. The Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both the Bookmobile and the Downtown Library will be closed on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22. The Bookmobile will remain out of service on Friday, November 23, but the Downtown Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bookmobile holiday hours are always available on the Library’s website.

Remember, even when the Bookmobile and Library are closed, online services are available 24/7 at www.icpl.org. This includes account access and, for those who live in our service area, access to ICPL’s Digital Library including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, The New York Times and Kanopy video streaming.