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This Bookmobile Encourages Reading by Bringing the Party to You!

Twice a summer for the past ten years, the bookmobile has partnered with Ballenger Creek Elementary School to encourage reading for children in Frederick County, Ohio.


Image Via Bookmobile | Washington County Free Library

Brought to people around Frederick County, the ‘bookmobile’ has been around since 1965. Eight vehicles have held the title of ‘bookmobile’. There are two on the road today, and boy, do they get around!

A single bookmobile can carry about “11,300 items, roughly half that of a small library branch“.

The idea of a library on wheels might seem old-fashioned, but they’ve been around for fifty years, bringing books to adults and children around the County. Considering the operating costs is about $185,165 or 1.4% of the county libraries budget, it seems like they have been well worth it.



Ten years ago Sally Marin, an English Language instructor at Ballenger Creek, noticed a problem in her school.

A lot of our EL families have never been to the library, and they maybe don’t have library cards or don’t understand how the whole thing works.


Inside the Bookmobile
Image Via Frederick News-Post

Hoping the bridge the gap, Marin launched the partnership whit bookmobile. Given that the public library is closed during the summer, this program has helped kids continue reading during the summer break.

If kids read four or five books over the summer, they can maintain the reading gains that they made that school year…It’s just like an athletic skill. You can’t expect that you’re going to maintain a certain skill level in any sport if you don’t practice. The same is true for reading

Now it’s summer the bookmobile comes along to offer its services while hosting an ice cream party!


Adults inside the Boomobile
Image Via Frederick News-Post
Books can be checked out, returned, and put on hold and people can sign up for library cards right on board. Who would want to get their first library card from this amazing station?

Plus, with about 3,000 items inside, ranging from books to DVDs to magazines, there are many options to keep children engages while they eat their ice cream and Popsicle during the hot summer days.

Looks like this van is going to get children on the road to reading!



Featured Image Via Bookmobile | Washington County Free Library


The 5 Most Interesting Bookmobiles From Around the World

It’s National Bookmobile Day! Bookmobiles, in case you weren’t aware, are mobile libraries that provide books to more remote and to people who can’t get to a library regularly such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Bookmobiles aren’t just cars, but they can also be boats, camels, and even converted military tanks. 


To celebrate national bookmobile day, here are some of the most interesting bookmobiles from around the world! 


1. Weapons of Mass Instruction – Argentina


book tank


Book Tank |  Via My Modern Met


This converted Ford Falcon is made to look like a military tank. Instead of explosives, this tank has a skeleton of built-in shelves that can hold about 900 books. Argentina-based artist Raul Lemesoff built the mobile in 2015 to spread messages of peace and literacy all over Argentina. 


book tank

Book Tank | Via In Habitat


2. The Camel Bookmobile – Kenya



Camel Bookmobile | Via The Yellow Sparrow


The inspiration behind the book, The Camel Bookmobile, this traveling camel provides books to people in Northeastern Kenya who are suffering from chronic poverty and drought. Due to the nomadic nature of the people living there, a static library would be useless and education is hard to come by. Not only does this mobile provide books, but it also teaches the people it visits English in outdoor classrooms.


3. Tell A Story – Portugal


book mobile

Tell A Story Van Front | Via Visit Portgual


A bookmobile targeting towards tourists of Lisbon provides travelers with Portuguese literature translated into English, French, Spanish, and German. The books featured inside the van showcase Portugal’s culture and language along with genres like literature and romance. Started in 2013, Francisco Antolin, Domingos Cruz, and Joao Correia Pereira wanted to spread Portugal’s culture in an accessible and hand-held way. 


4. Epos – Norway



Epos Boat | Via ThorNews


This bookmobile isn’t so much a mobile but more of a boat. Built in 1963, Epos was built specifically to serve as a floating library, sailing the coast of Norway ever since. Epos carries about 6,000 books and also offerers a dining room for patrons. Since Norway has many remote spots along the fjords, the boat offers books to over 150 communities who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a library.



Inside of the Ship | Via Moment


5. Bibloburro – Columbia



Bibloburro | Via This Gives Me Hope


Luis Soriano and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto (Alphabet in Spanish), travel across La Gloria, Columbia to elementary schools providing children with books to read. As a former Spanish teacher himself, he understands the lack of resources that some students in the rural state of Magdalena. Not only does Soriano provide books to schoolchildren, but he also provides them with homework help, help with learning how to read, and adventure stories and geography lessons that he has prepared for them.


 A few children’s books have been inspired by the biblioburro including Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia and Waiting for the Biblioburro.



Featured Image via American Library Association