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National Bookmobile Day

Almost missed it.

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Traveling Books

In recent months, I have posted stories on two traveling bookshops in France, now I have found one in Charleston, South Carolina. Itinerant Literate Books is the brainchild of partners Christen Thompson Lain and Julia Turner. The pair met while studying at … Continue reading

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Itinerant Bookstore Tourism

Margaux Segré gave up a comfortable civil service career with the French Ministry of Culture to pursue her dream of being a full-time bookseller. After crowdfunding the renovation of a delivery truck, she now roams southwestern France visiting village markets, … Continue reading

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Libraries On Wheels

Rural communities in Zimbabwe seldom have their own libraries, so in 1995 educator Obadiah Mayo founded the Rural Libraries & Resources Development Programme to bring books to the countryside. Today, his organization has fifteen donkey-powered mobile library carts that each … Continue reading

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Bringing Books To The Readers

The public library in Brest, France has launched its first Bibliambule. This hammock-equipped, bookmobile scooter is designed to make reading fun this summer for the Brestois. Created by Z’Ambules of Paris, the clever scooters are already in use in by libraries in … Continue reading

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Word On The Street

Founded in June 2011, Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library serving people without homes in Portland, Oregon. Take a look:

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Baghdad Books

Despite enormous obstacles—think bombs and bureaucracy—a 25 year-old Baghdad bibliophile has succeeded in launching both an indie bookshop and a bookmobile. Ali al-Moussawi has had a life-long passion for reading and books. With the help of friends and a like-minded … Continue reading

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Bookmobile On The Hoof

I always love a good bookmobile story, so I couldn’t resist the tale of Ridwan Sururi and the Kudapustaka, or “Horse Library”. With the donation of 135 books by a friend from Jakarta, the horse farmer decided to start his … Continue reading

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Gonzo Bookselling

I paid my dues as a flea market bookseller, but the random gallimaufry of book shelves, boxes and tables of my book stall pales when I see the brilliance of Jeff Towns’ traveling “BookBus”. Officially called Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, the bookmobile turns up … Continue reading

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Weapon of Mass Instruction

Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff is celebrating World Book Day today with his latest rolling “weapon of mass instruction”. This version of his militant bookmobile is built on the chassis of an old Ford Falcon and is traveling around Argentina … Continue reading

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