Book Mobiles

Malacca gets e-mobile library

An Anonymous Patron writes "Good News Out Of Malaysia where National Semiconductor recently donated an e-mobile library worth RM340,000 to the Malacca Public Library Corporation as part of the company's Community Care Programme aimed at promoting the reading habit and improving Internet access among the rural communities in Malacca. "

Support rolls in for bookmobile In Guam

M. McGrorty writes "News From Guam where
it's going to take time, hard work and patience, but it can be repaired. Guam's bookmobile may be back on the streets within a few months, going from village to village with a busload of library books to offer residents."

Mass. bookmobiles in trouble

Rich writes "Monday's Boston Globe reports that bookmobiles in Massachusetts are facing extinction.
Boston.com news has the story."
". . . some residents and librarians argue that it's important to preserve the bookmobile -- particularly in communities where it provides the only access to books for the disabled, day-care centers, and shut-in elderly residents.
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New bookmobile makes the rounds

Gary D. Price, MLIS writes When Don Nunes was growing up, both his parents worked. They didn't have time to drive him to the library, so he relied on bookmobiles to bring him reading materials. Read the
full story."

Carroll Country (MD) Bookmobile Out of Service

Library Director Linda Mielke wants to know -- will the county fix their 1989 bookmobile or will they buy another snowplow? Out of service for 43 days last year, the creaky bookmobile usually carries over 48,000 volumes to patrons in all parts of the county surrounding Baltimore.
from the Baltimore sunspot

Tokyo library van services to cease

Diesel-run library vans in Tokyo and the surrounding areas have been forced to cease operation, casualties of strict new clean-air standards that went into effect October 1. Some say that officials are using the new regulations as an excuse to cut services for budgetary reasons. It's the end of an era for the mobile library system, which has been running since 1949. Read all about it at Asahi.com.

'Mr. Jack' steers wheeled library

Gary "ResourceShelf Guy" Price spotted a gainesvilletimes.com Article on "Mr. Jack" Holt and his library on wheels take the books to Augusta County residents not living in proximity to the library.
The large white vehicle -- more than six tons in weight, 10 feet high and 28 feet long -- has thousands of fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, how-to, westerns and children's books as well as videos.
Holt's day doesn't begin in the transformed 1990 Ford Econoline 350 with color bookshelves painted on the outside. It starts in the Fishersville branch of the Augusta County Public Library.

Holt pushes a red cart through the aisles, plucking off animal books like "Skunks do More than Stink" to go on the Bookmobile. Then Holt spends most of his days on the road again, in the vehicle affectionately called "The Bus" by the library's staff.

Library vans join crime war

This Article Out Of Lichfield, England, says Mobile library vans are being used in a pioneering crime-busting initiative in Lichfield to help people avoid falling prey to thieves and thugs. The enterprising new scheme will be launched on Wednesday and will allow residents to order personal attack alarms, door chains and other security devices direct from the mobile library vans.

Straitjackets, Machetes and, Oh Yes, Some Books

Robin Blum noted This NYTimes Story on the New York opening of the Autonomadic Bookmobile, which for two years has traveled the country carrying books by Autonomedia, a small nonprofit Williamsburg publisher that prints criticism by authors like Dwight McDonald, Guy Debord and Michel Foucault.
Autonomedia, whose staff members are volunteers, has published more than 200 books. Typically, about 3,000 copies of each book are printed, Mr. Fleming said. But the publisher's best-known book, "T.A.Z." (Temporary Autonomous Zone), a collection of essays on autonomy by Hakim Bey, has sold about 30,000 copies.

Words on Wheels

News On the Wilkes County Library's new bookmobile. the new bus will be used for years. It cost about $144,000 and was paid for with money left over from the construction of the county's main library building in North Wilkesboro, which opened in January 2000.

The new vehicle is about 4 feet longer and will hold 2,500 books and videos. The old bus held fewer than 2,000.

Patrons will also find lots of Spanish-language materials to serve the county's large Hispanic community.

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