National Bookmobile Day:
The name speaks for itself; this is a day to appreciate the mobile(moving) books we have access to; in other words, it’s a library but on a truck. We celebrate national bookmobile day on April 17 to appreciate our access to the moving library and information that is otherwise not accessible to most of us.
|2022||17th April||Sunday||United States|
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Why National Bookmobile Day ?
Bookmobiles are traveling vehicles or buses that provide book access to local communities. Nowadays, these services can be accessed without any problem thanks to the internet. Bookmobiles have great potential and encourage people who want to get their education through books; it also helps people grow in a lot of aspects and bring them back to life.
They function the same as the actual library, but the only difference is that they are on wheels, you can take books and read them all you want and then you can return them respectively. Bookmobiles are great to help the people who can’t afford or can’t go to the libraries; also children can read the books easily.
We also thank and express our gratitude towards professionals who work hard to make information and knowledge accessible to those who need it.
This day is brought to us by the combined coordination of the American Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.
How to celebrate National Bookmobile Day:
- Help and support the local bookmobile services in your area. You can contribute by donating to their associating libraries.
- You can also request your local library for the bookmobile service in your area.
- If there is a bookmobile service, then make sure to thank them for their good work.
- You can always encourage people to read books from the bookmobiles and to always try to request their nearest libraries to enable the bookmobile services so that more and more needy people can learn through books. By doing this, more and more bookmobile services can reach more rural areas.
- Focus on the recorded meaning of the bookmobiles by enlightening your loved ones regarding it.
- Assuming individuals around you work in a library, you ought to urge them to begin the bookmobile administration so the kids and old can get an opportunity to peruse books free of charge.
- Everybody has the option to be instructed, so, significantly, books arrive at the nation’s rustic piece. On National Bookmobile Day, you can thank the administrators and staff of the bookmobile who help proficiency in arriving at the distinctive local area.
- Post pictures and offer your musings via online media about the day by utilizing the hashtag #BookmobileDay.
Interesting Facts about National Bookmobile Day:
- It has been praised for essentially around 100 years now.
- It is upheld by American Library Association (ALA).
- Public bookmobile day is worked with by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services(LOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
- You can connect with them by using #bookmobileday on your online media stages.
- They have a virtual version named book walk for those who cannot reach there physically.
History of National Bookmobile Day:
Bookmobiles, or you can even say the traveling library is a service that was in use from the early 18th century. American School Library was the first traveling library published by the Harper brothers. Both the brothers traveled to rural areas and small towns to give them the chance to read the books for free.
In 1857, the British workmen reported about the library operating in the right villages in Cumbria.
During the late 1800s, Kate Rotan was the first person to advocate the bookmobile. Late Rotan was a part of a women’s club in Texas. During this time, bookmobiles were promoted so much that their number increased drastically because the women’s club encouraged and embraced the idea of bookmobiles. After receiving so much support and positive reviews, the United States Women’s Club became their primary advocate.
Bookmobiles were a great help in the Great Depression of the United States. The Pack Horse Library Project covered the remote areas of Kentucky and Appalachia by bringing books and related supplies to them on foot to those who can’t go to the libraries on their own.
Later in world war II, a bookmobile became famous in the city of London as there were many blackouts and air raids, the people were not able to go to the actual libraries, so they always read books on the bookmobile.