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Off the Shelf: Mobile Libraries

Posted April 26, 2023

By Josh Riley, Mobile Library Services Associate, and Sarah Everly, Mobile Library Services Manager

Mobile libraries have taken many forms and have been a part of public library services for countless decades. Libraries around the world have used motorized vehicles like buses, vans, and motorcycles, bicycles, and even 4-legged animals like horses, donkeys, and camels to deliver books to customers.

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library’s first bookmobile hit the road in a pre-Thanksgiving Day blizzard on November 23, 1938, almost 85 years ago!

Today, the W-TCPL Bookmobile travels throughout Trumbull County to bring the library to the community. Library cardholders can check out materials including books, movies, and music; pick up requested items; and return items. Check our Bookmobile Schedule to find a stop near you!

In celebration of National Library Outreach Day, the following is a selection of books from the W-TCPL collection that highlight this outside-of-the-box library service.

Picture Books

Big Truck Day words by Rosanne Parry; pictures by Niki Stage
Moose’s Book Bus written and illustrated by Inga Moore
The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman; illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston; illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb

Adult Fiction Books

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy
Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

Juvenile Non-Fiction

Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn