Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Milk Wagon Library

The war-time rationing of gas and rubber meant that libraries across the country had to find new ways to bring books to patrons. In Nutley, New Jersey, the solution wound up being a former milk wagon. The driver already knew … Continue reading

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The Amerika-Haus Bookmobile Program

An Amerika-Haus bookmobile makes its way into a German village. During The War, the U.S. built several temporary libraries overseas to both educate and entertain its millions of soldiers abroad. These would evolve into U.S. Information Centers. The purpose of … Continue reading

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The Portable Libraries of the Light-House Establishment

A portable library of the United States Light-House Establishment. Each was numbered and had handles for easy transport. Courtesy of the Milwaukee County Historical Society. The Light-House Establishment was the US government agency that oversaw lighthouses before the Coast Guard … Continue reading

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The Bayou Bookmobile

In 1940, the parish (county) of Terrebonne, Louisiana launched its first bookmobile, partially-funded by the Works Progress Administration. The Terrebonne Parish Library used the truck to reach people living along the bayous. Roads there were so scarce that the mostly Cajun population often … Continue reading

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