National Bookmobile Day

Bookmobile in Japan

Bookmobile in Japan (click for source)

Today is the third annual National Bookmobile Day, as part of National Library Week!

Bookmobiles are basically mobile libraries that transport resources throughout their communities. They are totally in the spirit of this year’s National Library Week theme, “You belong @ your library.” Libraries are for everyone, but not everyone may be able to get to them. Solution? Put the library on wheels, so truly anyone can have access to library materials! Bookmobiles can travel to suburban and rural locations to serve children, disabled adults, people with health problems, the elderly, and those who do not have or can’t afford transportation to the library. Patrons can use bookmobiles to search the Web, get research assistance from a librarian, participate in resume workshops, and check out books and DVDs.

To celebrate these libraries-on-wheels, the American Library Association (ALA) asked libraries and library agencies to share what makes their bookmobiles so special by submitting videos to the “Why We Love Our Bookmobile” YouTube contest. You can head over to their YouTube channel to view the submissions, which are really fantastic! I’ve posted my favorites below πŸ™‚

This video by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is really well done, and it’s nice and short!

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The Sno-Isle Bookmobile in Washington made a really creative video! The librarians in their silent-film style video use bookmobile resources to survive a zombie apocalypse!

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You can’t go wrong with stop-motion and the Peanuts theme song. Very cute video by the Portsmouth Public Library!

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