By Carlotta Young, Bookmobile Librarian
Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week, National Bookmobile Day began in 2010. This day recognizes the role of bookmobiles and direct delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library launched Baltimore's first horse-drawn public library book wagon service in 1943. This 1945 photograph of the book wagon during a visit to the 1000 block Dallas Street in Baltimore shows a crowd of children and adults reading in the street.
We introduced our first modern Bookmobile truck in 1949, which was such an immediate success that it circulated more than 132, 000 books in its first year on the road.
Enoch Pratt Free Library currently has two bookmobiles in operations. The Book Buggy services WIC Clinics and nonprofit daycare centers in Baltimore City. The Bookmobile services schools, senior apartment buildings and centers, government office buildings, and neighborhoods that do not have a library branch within walking distance. The Bookmobile also participates in city/community sponsored parades and fairs.
You can visit the bookmobiles at their regularly scheduled stops to see the vehicles in action. Check out the Mobile Library Services page on our website for the current Bookmobile schedule.
National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the American Library Association's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).