Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Streetcar Library of Edmonton

The streetcar library of Edmonton, Canada. One of the more unique ways to distribute library books came by way of streetcar in Edmonton, starting in 1941. At the time, Edmonton had 91,000 people spread out over 27,000 acres. The Alberta city also … Continue reading

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The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky

The Works Progress Administration would prove a giant boost to libraries and bookmobiles alike. Communities across the country received library service for the first time, and Kentucky certainly needed the help. At the start of the Great Depression, 63 percent … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of the Bookmobile That Went to Moscow

The Delmar bookmobile arrives in the U.S.S.R. Courtesy of the Bethlehem Spotlight. Residents of the upstate New York town of Delmar were flattered when they learned that their newly-acquired bookmobile would first be on display in Sokol’niki Park, Moscow, as … Continue reading

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The Boxcar Library of Montana

The “Lumberjack Library”. Courtesy of the Missoula Public Library. “But chiefly and certainly the books supply the men with a means of harmless enjoyment; an insurance against boredom; a magic carpet whereon to be whisked away from the monotony of … Continue reading

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