The Flying Library of New Mexico

Starting in 1963, Winston Marks routinely flew 90 miles from The Tinian Trading Post that he managed in New Mexico (located in the isolated “checkerboard” region of the state) to the town of Farmington, New Mexico. Once there, Marks met the Northwestern Regional Library bookmobile, selected the books he needed, and flew back. He did this every three months, switching out the books every time. The books he selected would be checked out by 50 or so Navajo families in the Tinian Trading Post area. He developed this system after bookmobile service to Tinian was discontinued due to poor roads and the 200-mile round trip from Aztec, where the bookmobile was headquartered.

FlyingLibrary

Post manager Winston Marks picks up books from the Northwestern Regional Library bookmobile, circa 1963.

Source:

“Books by Air.” Reale, Virginia. Unesco Bulletin for Libraries, 18, 1964. Pgs. 300-301.

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