Today (April 13th) is National Bookmobile Day and I wanted to tell you a bit about our local bookmobile(s) in case you aren’t familiar with them. I wasn’t, until we moved to Black Forest a couple of years ago and I saw that the PPLD bookmobile stopped every Monday at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup. (They also stop at School in the Woods in the morning during the school year.) I was curious about the mobile library concept so we stopped in one day and have been weekly users ever since!
As a homeschooling mom, one of the huge advantages to me is that books checked out from the bookmobile are ours for six weeks, instead of the three weeks allotted at a stationary library branch. (They also renew for an additional six weeks up to two times as long as no one else has a hold on it.) It allows us to use a book as a reference if we’re studying something over a longer time period, and it makes it so that we don’t have to time our holds to try to get the book at just the right time.
Speaking of holds, you can pick up holds at the bookmobile, too! Ask the library to set up your preferred mobile library stop and then you’ll be able to put items on hold for pick up there. (You have to choose a stop; they have so many items on hold that they can’t carry them around all week so they just put the hold items on the bus for your stop.)
We also love the friendliness of the bookmobile librarians and I love seeing the same people every week and having a chance to hear their book recommendations for both me and my kids!
Of course, the bookmobile is a bus so the selection of books is pretty small, but we often find a few good ones in addition to the items we have on hold. (For pure browsing, I think the East Library is the best!) Oh, and if they miss your stop due to weather or mechanical problems, you can bring your books back the next week and they’ll back-date them as if they were returned the previous week.
Until recently, I thought the bookmobile mainly traveled to the outskirts of the county, but I discovered that they actually have stops all around town! Their stops in town are usually for shorter time periods (an hour or two versus all day at many of the county locations), but the odds are pretty good that there’s a bookmobile stop that’s pretty close to you at some point during the week. And, you get all the same benefits like six-week checkouts regardless of whether you’re frequenting a county or an in-town stop.
You can view all of the PPLD bookmobile stops here, and be sure to like their Facebook page for updates. If you check it out, tell Bill and Terri and Emily that Carrie sent you. ? They love getting new patrons!