“Sometimes people can’t get to the library, but if the bookmobile is a mile from their house, then they can get to that.”
~ Tracy Trotter
This week we’re writing about our thoughts and memories of a visit we made to a bookstore. This one is going to take me back to a forgotten memory, too!
My memory of today is one of the bookmobile (probably similar to the “traveling library bus” Iris mentioned last week). The Internet tells me they still exist in some areas of the states, but they ended a long time ago where I grew up as a child in the 1960s.
They have ended in other areas, too. The internet also informs me of a news article published a couple days ago, which tells how “The San Antonio Public Library is ending the Bookmobile.” The service in that area had also been going on since the ‘60s.
Though I did not read the previously mentioned article, past the headline, I imagine the SAPL ended theirs due to budget cuts in this current economy. But, come on! I remember mine being ended while I was still a child, in the 60s! What was up with that? (I also remember a thriving economy, then.)
But I digress. This is supposed to be about one of my memories. Though the Bookmobile wasn’t a “brick and mortar” bookstore; it WAS a bookstore to me and my friends! It was Great! I can remember the excitement of when the Bookmobile would be arriving on the country road where I grew up!
Just thinking about the exhilaration and anticipation of that chance to climb onto the bookmobile to look at and check out books makes my heart pick up in its pace even now! I was like the quote I posted above. We kids had no way to get to the library in town. But we COULD walk down the road to where the Bookmobile would greet us with shelves full of books!
Are there any literary events you remember, that excite you to think about today but, sad to say, no longer exist?