On National Bookmobile Day, 12 Amazing Bookmobiles That Show the Power of Books and Reading
The American Library Association is known for a lot of things: deciding book award winners, putting together school library programs, and raising awareness about the importance of Banned Books Week, to name a few. And then there's National Bookmobile Day. Yes, that's really a thing, and I am so, so happy it is.
The ALA does a lot more than decide what gets read in schools, and who wins what prize. They take on so many other causes that some are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Luckily more and more attention is being given to National Bookmobile Day. The ALA designates one day in April each year to raise money and awareness for some seriously important people and organizations who bring books to kids who might not have them otherwise. A childhood without books isn't something I'd wish on anyone. This year, April 15 is that day.
Bookmobiles have gained popularity in recent years, but have been around since the early 1900s, and maybe even before that. Today, there are not only mobile libraries but boats, bikes, even something known as the Biblio Burro, all dedicated to bringing books to children. These programs do amazing work for families who might not have the financial resources necessary to purchase books.
In celebration of National Bookmobile Day, here are some of the world's best mobile libraries. From the United States to China and Europe, who wouldn't be excited to see one of these coming down the street?
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