National Bookmobile Day
National Bookmobile Day is celebrated across the country on the Wednesday of National Library Week, held in April every year. This year it falls on April 11. A day to recognise the contributions made by the nation’s bookmobiles and the devoted professionals who make the reach of quality books possible to their communities. The bookmobile is a large vehicle designed to be used as the library. It provides mostly same kind of services as the local library. It was initially started in horse-drawn to spread good literature in rural areas. Modern bookmobiles provide access to books, magazines, videos, journal, CDs and much more. Bookmobile plays a vital role in delivering library services around the country.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles William Eliot
History of National Bookmobile Day
National Bookmobile Day, begun in 2010 as a part of National Library Week to honour mobile delivery services provided in the United States. This event is sponsored by the American Library Association(ALA) and libraries across the country. Creator of the National Bookmobile Day remains unknown. The bookmobile was originated in the nineteenth century. Bookmobiles reached their highest peak of popularity in the mid-twentieth century. Bookmobiles are still operated by libraries, schools, activists, and other organisations.
Other Celebrations on April 11
April 11 is also celebrated as
- World Parkinson’s Day
- National Pet Day
- National Barbershop Quartet Day
- Submarine Day
- National Cheese Fondue Day
How to celebrate National Bookmobile Day
National Bookmobile Day can be best observed by either visiting a bookmobile or donating some books to the bookmobile, or other organisations helping them. Everyone has the right to be educated, so it’s important that books reach rural part of the country too. On National Bookmobile Day, you can thank the librarians and staffs of the bookmobile who helps literacy reaching the different community. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about National Bookmobile Day by using the hashtag #BookmobileDay.