we love the bookmobile!

Bookmobile in Blount County, Tennesse. 1943

Once a month, on a Tuesday afternoon, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library’s Bookmobile rolls into Scots Bay. It’s always an exciting day at my house – from the scramble to locate books that need to be returned, to the anticipation of the arrival of books we’ve placed on order, to the celebratory “book haul” spread that takes place on our living room floor after the books are brought home. (I’ve even been known to break out in a rousing chorus of “Oh, oh the AVRL Book-mo-bile’s a comin'”  – the words sung to the tune of “The Wells Fargo Wagon” song from The Music Man.)

Today’s bookmobile visit was extra special because AVRL artist in residence and cartoonist extraordinaire, Mark Oakley was on board. My son J. a budding cartoonist himself, had been looking forward to Mark’s visit all month. J’s big brother, home from his second year at NSCAD took photos to mark the occasion.

j on his way into the Bookmobile.
All aboard!
J, hanging out with Mark Oakley on the bookmobile...
a Mark Oakley original to sit on J's drawing desk. Thanks, Mark!

And a million thanks to the AVRL and the librarians and drivers who keep the bookmobile humming along. We don’t know what we’d do without you!

Last but not least…
Earlier this week I posted a photo on facebook of a Biblioburro (books brought to children via donkeys) in La Gloria, Columbia. Here’s a short video about Luis Soriano, the man who runs the Biblioburro as well as a free library out of his house. I love that he named his donkeys “Alpha” and “Beto.”

Do you have any bookmobile memories to share?

special shout outs in this post go to: the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, and the amazing Mark Oakley. (If you’ve never checked out his work, you really should!)

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