Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As part of Library Week, Wednesday is designated Bookmobile Day.

The nation’s first bookmobile (wagon) was initiated by Miss Mary Titcomb, the county’s first librarian. The library’s janitor, driving a team of two horses, began making rounds through the western Maryland county in April 1905.
Bookmobiles through the years, Washington County, Maryland.
Miss Titcomb reported some resistance at first.
When directions were given as to painting, we had the fear of looking too much like the laundry wagon before our eyes, and the man was strictly enjoined, not to put any gilt or scroll work on it but to make even the lettering, "Washington County Free Library," plain and dignified, directions carried out only too well, for in the early days of our wagoning, as our man approached one farm house, he heard a voice charged with nervous trepidation, call out "Yer needn't stop here. We ain't got no use for the dead wagon here." Suffice it to say, that we promptly painted the wheels red, and picked off the panels of the doors with the same cheerful color.
AFPL carries on the bookmobile tradition. It’s scheduled primarily at day care centers and senior communities - including those in North Fulton. Think your facility might qualify for a visit?