Friday, November 10, 2017

Bookmobiles, #FridayReads and some recent articles worth reading

Happy Friday! Who has past or present bookmobile stories to share?

I bring this up because I recently found myself driving behind the Library System of Lancaster County's bookmobile, which is part of a program that has been serving Lancastrians for 75 years.

My earliest bookmobile memories date to the late 1970s, when a bookmobile would come to the parking lot of our grocery store in Clayton, New Jersey. The town did not, to my recollection, have a library (Glassboro would have been the nearest), so the bookmobile was the most convenient way to access a wider range of books.

After that, we mostly lived in towns that had strong and nearby libraries and bookstores, so bookmobiles weren't as necessary to our family. But they remain vital to many communities in the 21st century and can serve an especially crucial role in developing nations. Check out this Piotr Kowalczyk rundown of "10 most extraordinary mobile libraries."

And now to the #FridayReads. My recent and current books include:

  • Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
  • As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America, by David Hajdu
  • Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books, by Paul Collins

And here is the latest collection of curated links, for your reading pleasure, broken down into two general categories.

Serious stuff

Not-so-serious stuff

And, finally...

1 comment:

  1. The Bookmobile would come once a month to my elementary school. It was always exciting for me because I had access to books our school library didn't carry. There was no public library nearby. I don't remember when I stopped seeing the Bookmobile, but I would guess it was soon after our town finally got it's own branch of the country library.