National Bookmobile Day

Wednesday, April 17th is National Bookmobile Day!

This day is designated by the American Library Association as a day to celebrate the wonderful service bookmobiles provide communities throughout the nation. In addition, it’s a great day for bookmobile fans to show their support and appreciation for these mobile neighborhood libraries.

Bookmobile service in the Topeka area began back in 1943, during the height of World War II and civilian fuel rationing. Over the years the size and colors of bookmobiles have changed, but their commitment to bringing the library to your school, work or neighborhood has remained the same.

Even today bookmobiles are convenient option for those seeking library services without the hassle (and fuel expense) of driving downtown. With 18 stops in Shawnee County it’s no surprise that our bookmobiles keep busy travelling roughly 275 miles each week – for a total of over 13,500 miles a year!  That’s enough miles to drive from Topeka to New Zealand and back (although we don’t recommend you try)!

Over 100,000 people visit the bookmobiles every year, and many of them designate their favorite bookmobile stop as the pick-up location for their reserves. In fact, each week bookmobiles deliver about 1,000 reserves to library patrons. It’s a great way to get your favorite items delivered locally at no cost to you!

So if you don’t already bookmobile, now is a great chance to start.  Stop by our locations on National Bookmobile Day and let the friendly staff show you all the wonderful things that can be done with Shawnee County’s own libraries on wheels.

Michelle Stottlemire

Michelle is a fifth-generation Kansan who has a passion for history, radical home-making and science fiction. When not on one of TSCPL's bookmobiles she can be found educating students at surrounding schools with dynamic programming.

  • Patty Akrouche

    The Topeka & Shawnee County have employed Bookmobiles to reach patrons for 70 years! Obviously, the library is dedicated to continuing such an important service. Michelle, can you tell me what the library envisions future bookmoile service to entail?