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    Bookmobile

    I grew up in the country but we had regular visits to our rural schools from the town library's bookmobile. That vehicle, which was basically a step van with book shelves, gave us expanded reading choices throughout the year. I think they even came during the summers on a regular schedule. Does anyone else remember that? Is it still done anywhere? If so, have they expanded the content to include electronic media?
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    We had a bookmobile come to our subdivision during the summers. I remember the first book I checked out from the bookmobile - a biography of Bat Masterson.
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    City of Dallas still has bookmobiles. I've seen one parked behind the central library, rotating stock and such. It's a large bus like a Greyhound on the outside, painted and such for city use and information, but the inside in airconditioned, with shelves and a couple of seats.
    I don't know who uses it - shut ins, maybe? I do wonder if electronic media means the eventual end of bookmobiles.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    I remember the first book I checked out from the bookmobile - a biography of Bat Masterson.
    Why does that fact not surprise me?

    I haven't seen the Bookmobile in ages, but I loved when it came around. I do not believe that electronic media will be the end of books. Electronic data has not replaced mylar, and for good reason. If I want something to be permanent - and I mean truly permanent - electronica is not where it goes.
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    I know we used to have bookmobiles back in the good old days but they did not come to my hood often. My parents sited the family walking distance to a branch of the DPL.
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    I grew up in the country and no bookmobile came to our street. We did however make frequent trips to the library year-round. We probably would have even if the bookmobile came around because my mom enjoyed going to the library so much (she still goes once or twice a week). I actually just saw a bookmobile parked somewhere within the last few weeks here in Metro Detroit but cannot remember where I was when I saw it.
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    Anyone else ever have the Swimmobile come to your block as a kid?
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    Speaking of the Bookmobile, I saw an article yesterday in our local paper about a new "Hi-tech" bookmobile making the rounds: Hi-tech bookmobile plans a stop in Bloomfield Township
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