Category: mobile libraries

  • Bringing Books to the Homeless Kids: One Suitcase at a Time

    Credit: Photo by Christian Hansen for The New York Times Each week for the past eight years, with a suitcase stuffed with books, librarian Colbert Nembhard leaves the Morrisania Branch Library in the Bronx for a 10 minute walk to the Crotona Inn homeless shelter. Once there he turns “the shelter’s day care room or its dimly…

  • The World’s First Mobile Library; A ‘Jacobean Kindle’

    The year was 1617. William Hakewill MP commissioned it to give as a gift to a friend. And it just might be the first mobile library. The Jacobean miniature travelling library consisted of 50 gold-tooled vellum-bound miniature books contained in a wooden case that resembled a large folio. Inside there were three shelves for the books. The inside…

  • After years of military rule books and hope are returning to Myanmar

    After decades of repression and censorship the people of Myanmar are getting their books and libraries back! Since the military leadership lost power in 2011, the country has developed a network of mobile libraries to compensate for the vast network of public libraries that are in various states of disarray. Through the non-profit Daw Khin Kyi Foundation foundation, created…

  • Books on Wheels: A Global Jaunt

    Antonio La Cava’s Ilbibliomotorcarro – Italy  Recently we posted a photo on Tumblr of Antonio LaCava roaming around Italy in his three-wheel creation. It has turned out to be a very popular post so we thought we would expand it a bit to feature some wheeled libraries from around the world. From India’s first bookmobile to Raul-Lemesoff’s…

  • Tell a Story: Bringing literature to the tourists

    If you happen to be visiting Lisbon any time soon you might run into this blue book van at one of the cities main attractions. The project is called Tell a Story and was created by the Portuguese advertising agency MSTF Partners. The goal is to expose visitors to a wide array of Portuguese literature in translation, in…