The bookmobile of the Carmel Clay Public has only been in existence since 2015. It has the chassis of a Ford 450. It stops at parks, churches, schools and senior homes throughout Carmel.
What have I been doing since publishing my book you may ask? Looking for people who might want to buy a copy. Hence, I have been bookmobile hunting. Below are photos of the bookmobile in Racine, WI.
I was excited to see this one. Not only is it my hometown, but it has a large service-base. The city of Racine has 80,000 people, but only one library. No branches. Hence, the bookmobile fills in the gap.
Okay, now it’s ready, again.
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If you’ve been enjoying my blog, why not order the book? For a mere 11 dollars you can order Bookmobiles in America: An Illustrated history.
Last Monday was a great day for me, because I got to see what probably is the oldest continuously running bookmobile in the country, if not the world, the 1973 Gerstenslager of Waukegan Public Library. The driver, Joseph Kalinowski, has been driving the “Dinomobile” for 35 years. If his isn’t the longest still-running career of a bookmobile driver, it’s got to be close. The machine is so old as to have features you don’t see on many trucks anymore. These include roll up windows, an all-metal dash, wheels behind the driver. The truck also relies on hookups for power. The Dinomobile is a roving museum, a piece of history, the world’s last Gerstenslager!
John C. Gervase has always been passionate about trucks and helping humanity. For years he had used his skills as a trucker to assist organizations such as Feeding America and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Research taught him there was a direct link between poverty and education, a gap he decided to fill. After procuring over 1,500 books through a bookdrive sponsored by his church, he needed a way to distribute them. He was able to purchase a trailer from St. Louis, which they generously sold him for half the asking price. Big Rig Books was born.
Big Rig Books now routinely stops at schools, handing out books for free. The work is taxing but rewarding. As John himself says on his site, “I look forward to each and every day with joy and pleasure.”