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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Have You Hugged Your Bookmobile Lately?

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, is National Bookmobile Day! Here at DPPL, we call our bookmobile the "Mobile Library," because golly, it's got a lot more going for it than books. The DPPL Mobile Library made its first stop in Des Plaines more than 40 years ago, welcoming patrons at Windsor Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue. There have been 2 additional "bookmobiles" since then, with the current vehicle beginning service in Fall of 1996.

In case you're thinking, "I've never heard of 'National Bookmobile Day' before," don't worry, your memory isn't going. 2010 marks the first-ever National Bookmobile Day, created by the American Library Association "to raise awareness about bookmobiles and the vital services they provide."In all kinds of communities - urban, suburban and rural - mobile libraries provide valuable outreach. They bring books, magazines, music, movies, even Internet access, to people who may have no other connection to those resources. Learn more about National Bookmobile Day and bookmobiles on the American Library Association Web site. 

Are you a fan of the DPPL Mobile Library? Why not use National Bookmobile Day as an opportunity to send in a note of support? You can do that right here, by typing in your comments. Anonymous comments are accepted, but you are welcome to sign your comment as well. We would love to hear from you! 

That's a photo of Phyllis Johnson, from our Mobile Library staff, giving the bookmobile a big ol' hug!


  1. I love to see the Mobile Library on the streets of Des Plaines. If I didn't work here I would use it more often because it makes several convenient stops in my neighborhood. What a great resource staffed by terrific people!

  2. My family and I love the bookmobile! Even though we visit the library often--at least once a week--we still like the atmosphere and novelty that the bookmobile offers.

    Keep it coming, DPPL!


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