Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Wisconsin Free Library Commission and Books-by-mail

“Do You Want a Book?” A pamphlet published by the WFLC explains how residents can receive books by parcel post.  On January 1st, 1913, Congress approved parcel post, meaning that packages could be sent via US Mail anywhere in the … Continue reading

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America’s 2nd Bookmobile

  Plainfield’s “Auto-Book-Wagon,” 1916. Courtesy of the Indiana Room; Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library. Plainfield, Indiana, is most likely the sight of America’s second bookmobile. In 1909 Plainfield librarian Mayme C. Snipes set up a series of deposit stations in the … Continue reading

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Dayton, Ohio: The Bookmobile Goes To The City

The Dayton-Montgomery County Library book truck, 1924. The shelves could easily be removed and strapped to the floor for travel. Courtesy of the Dayton Metro Library. The bookmobile of the Dayton-Montgomery County Library was the first to serve a major … Continue reading

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