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Bookmobile About the bookmobile The bookmobile carries books, audiobooks, speed reads (best sellers) and DVDs for patrons of all ages.
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (CNN) -- At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever.
SANTA ANA - The nation's bookmobiles are slowly going the way of the dinosaurs, killed off not by meteors, but by new technology and rising fuel prices.
A weak economy is good news for libraries.
In a bamboo and matting shelter on the edge of the town of Awassa, rows of tiny children are struggling with Ethiopia's fiendishly complicated Amharic alphabet. "Huh - HUH! Hoo - HOO!
The excitement created by the Morse Library’s bookmobile is palpable - Natick, Massachusetts - Natick Bulletin and TabOn a calm Monday evening, the neighborhood of MacArthur Road was still and quiet.
It's the last stop of the day for Rural Bookmobile West, snugged up against a curb in a corner of the Ramah Post Office parking lot, where a few customers-to-be wait in their cars protected from looming dark clouds that smell of rain. Inside the bookmobile, manager Wendy Roberts and assistant Toni-Lynn Hart scurry around, turning on the generator, snapping on lights, moving CDs to a low shelf and readying the card catalog _ narrow boxes filled with cards from checked-out books.
Pulling away from the Cafe Flore on Market Street, San Francisco author Daniel Handler feels all the power and the weight of the 33-foot-long bookmobile as he cajoles it up the Market Street hill en route to his childhood library branch at West Portal. Unused to navigating large vehicles - "I've never even driven an SUV" - he is remarkably calm as he chugs through traffic on a recent afternoon. "My wife made me promise not to do anything that would result in the headline 'Author Dies in Unfortunate Event,' " says the characteristically deadpan, pen-named author of Lemony Snicket's 13-volume orphan saga, "A Series of Unfortunate Events ." Except for one scarily sharp right turn with an inch- and-a-half clearance between the back wheel and a parked Toyota, Handler keeps his promise without breaking a sweat.
A few weeks ago, the Massapequa Library Bookmobile, which was taken off the road last summer after 48 years of service, was towed away to Alec Baldwin’s Amagansett property. Mr. Baldwin, who grew up in Massapequa and whose father taught at the local high school, paid $1,000 for the forsaken vehicle, the library’s director, Patricia Page, told the Transom. “We were thinking of scrapping it and then he called us himself,” Ms. Page said. “I don’t know how he heard about it, but he used it when he was younger and he seems to have a feel for this community.”
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Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system.