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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy National Bookmobile Day!

Today is National Bookmobile Day, a part of National Library Week. Bookmobiles are an important part of library history in Mississippi as they provided library services to those in rural areas who couldn't reach libraries themselves. Many people remember the bookmobile as their first library experience. Here are just a few bookmobiles from Mississippi library history:

This bookmobile served the seven Choctaw schools in Neshoba County in 1967. Librarian Inez Allen and Library Assistant Malcolm Isaac are shown here with several of their students.

This Copiah County bookmobile was brand new in 1969. It had carpet, air-conditioning, and books.

Back in 1978, these first graders at Long Creek Elementary School loved the bookmobile. Mid Mississippi Regional Library System called it their "Library on Wheels".

This converted bookmobile was on loan from the Mississippi Library Commission to Waveland, Mississippi in 1969. It served as their first library.

This snazzy bookmobile from Warren County is a converted mobile home: a Travco mobile home body on a Dodge M-375 chassis and a bookmobile-adapted interior. It held 3,000 books, in addition to several hundred records, tapes, and magazines.

When she retired in 1978 after 25 years of bookmobile service, librarian Pamela Vaughn had this to say, "Giving pleasure to older people who can no longer do all the things they once did, has made their life and mine richer... To go on any road (in the Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin County area and know that because of the bookmobile service I now have lasting friendships along the way which have enriched my life and hopefully theirs means everything to me."

Need more bookmobile fun? ALA has provided these nifty do-it-yourself bookmobiles. Enjoy!
Mississippi Library News, March 1967
Mississippi Library News, March 1969
Mississippi Library News, September 1969
Mississippi Library News, June 1973
Mississippi Library News, June 1978
Mississippi Library News, December 1978

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