Category Archives: 1950s

The Book Boats of Lake Chelan, Washington

Jo Pardee oversees the books being loaded by crane onto a ship. In 1951 Jo Pardee, head librarian of the Chelan County Library in Washington State, managed to secure funds to bring books to small towns located on Lake Chelan, … Continue reading

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Movies on the Bookmobile.

  The FPL bookmobile shows a matinee , circa 1957. In the summer of ’57, the Fitchburg Public Library came up with a unique way to draw children to their bookmobile; they showed movies on it. While using a bookmobile to … Continue reading

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Driving Past Jim Crow; The Bookmobile of Delta Sigma Theta

The bookmobile of Delta Sigma Theta, circa 1956. If African-Americans had any library service in the Jim Crow South, it was either in a separate reading room at the library, or more often, at a completely separate branch. These “colored” … 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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