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Library On Wheels

Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile

"If you can't bring the man to the books, bring the books to the man." Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852 - 1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library — not just adults and those who lived in town.

Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county's 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children's room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all: a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!

This appealing biography pays tribute to a woman whose Book Wagon concept brought literacy to thousands of people across the country.

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"This handsomely designed, well-researched biography pays homage to Mary Titcomb, librarian and founder of the first bookmobile in the U.S. From a poor New Hampshire family, Titcomb doesn’t take no for an answer as she pursues her education and then delivers books to a large rural Maryland population in 1905.... Numerous black-and-white photographs, articles, letters, postcards, and other archival documents are combined in scrapbooklike assemblages on goldenrod, blue, and antique white pages." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Sharlee Glenn
ISBN 141972875X
Publication Date Apr 10, 2018
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English