Introduction

Hello, my name is Orty Ortwein and this is my bookmobile blog! I just find bookmobiles really fascinating, and if you’re here, then so do you. I hope to update every week, with a new factual tale every time. Of course, I’ll keep you posted. Look around and let me know what you think! (Many thanks to the Bethlehem Public Library of Delmar, NY, for letting me use their photo in the banner).

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Kenosha’s Bookmobile

Some recent photos of the bookmobile in Kenosha, WI.

 

 

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Carmel Clay’s Bookmobile

The bookmobile of the Carmel Clay Public has only been in existence since 2015. It has the chassis of a Ford 450. It stops at parks, churches, schools and senior homes throughout Carmel.

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Racine’s bookmobile

What have I been doing since publishing my book you may ask? Looking for people who might want to buy a copy. Hence, I have been bookmobile hunting. Below are photos of the bookmobile in Racine, WI.

I was excited to see this one. Not only is it my hometown, but it has a large service-base. The city of Racine has 80,000 people, but only one library. No branches. Hence, the bookmobile fills in the gap.

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Bookmobiles in America is for sale (again!)

Okay, now it’s ready, again.

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The book is for sale

If you’ve been enjoying my blog, why not order the book? For a mere 11 dollars you can order Bookmobiles in America: An Illustrated history. Click here

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The book is for sale

If you’ve been enjoying my blog, why not order the book? For a mere 11 dollars you can order Bookmobiles in America: An Illustrated history.

Click here

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1514813173?keywords=orty%20ortwein&qid=1444143461&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

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Visiting the World’s Oldest Bookmobile

Last Monday was a great day for me, because I got to see what probably is the oldest continuously running bookmobile in the country, if not the world, the 1973 Gerstenslager of Waukegan Public Library. The driver, Joseph Kalinowski, has been driving the “Dinomobile” for 35 years. If his isn’t the longest still-running career of a bookmobile driver, it’s got to be close. The machine is so old as to have features you don’t see on many trucks anymore. These include roll up windows, an all-metal dash, wheels behind the driver. The truck also relies on hookups for power. The Dinomobile is a roving museum, a piece of history, the world’s last Gerstenslager!

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