Courtesy of the New York Public Library
Bookmobile routes were formally established in the Bronx in 1928. Headquartered at the Fordham Library, the borough’s book wagon carried 650 books total, half for children and half for adults. It was probably the first bookmobile in the country to have night stops. For the sake of commuters and workers, it routinely visited train stations during evening rush hours. In the summer, the driver set up a beach umbrella to create an outdoor reading space.