Charleston County Library Bookmobile

The Charleston County Bookmobile comes to Freshfields Village on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. The Bookmobile will be parked in the lot behind Hege’s and Java Java and will be there on October 3rd and 17th.

Interesting bookmobiles around the World (from Wikipedia)…

  • A Camel Library Service in Kenya is funded by the Kenyan government and as a charity in Garissa and Wajir, near the border with Somalia. The service started with three camels in October 1996 and had 12 in 2006, delivering 7000 books, daily, in English, Somali, and Swahili. Masha Hamilton used this service as a background for her novel The Camel Bookmobile (2007).
  • A donkey-drawn mobile library in Zimbabwe not only delivers books but access to the Internet and multimedia, as well.
  • In Indonesia, Ridwan Sururi and his horse, named Luna, started a mobile library called Kudapustaka (meaning “horse library” in Indonesian). The goal is to help improve access to books for villagers in a region that has more than 977,000 illiterate adults. They travel between villages in central Java with books balanced on Luna’s back. Sururi also visits schools three times a week.
  • Books on Bikes is a pilot program by the Seattle Public Library using a customized trailer pulled by pedal power to bring library services to community events in Seattle.
  • Street Books, in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit book service that travels via bicycle-powered cart to lend books to “people living outside”.
  • Volusia County’s Book Bike, the Library Cruiser, debuted in September 2015 where it was ridden to various places in that Florida county, offering WiFi, help utilizing the ebook collection, information about obtaining a library card, and books available to check out.
  • The Biblioburro is a mobile library by which Colombian teacher Luis Soriano and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, bring books to children in rural villages twice a week. CNN chose Soriano as one of their 2010 Heroes of the Year.

-Tidelines Editor

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