Driving the Bookmobile

USA Today guest blogger Bobby Harrell is a library assistant in Bowling Green, KY, and he -loves- driving the bookmobile.

It's been a fast seven months since the Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, Ky., put me in charge of a 40-foot-long, 30,000-pound Blue Bird bus modified to hold almost 6,000 library items, otherwise known as the Mobile Branch. I got the job after the previous bookmobile library assistant retired last year. I was ready to do something different in the library world. And it's been awesome ever since.

Did I mention I get to drive this thing? Backing up in the Mobile Branch requires help from a TV monitor piping images from a video camera attached to the back of the bus. And it took a while to get used to turning and slowing down in a bookmobile. But the view out the windows is worth it. My stops take me past near-endless fields of corn and down country roads that curve around the crops.

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What a fantastic service. Looks like a sweet ride!

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I drove a bookmobile in the 1970s. There's nothing like it.

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