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National Bookmobile Day

National Bookmobile Day has been observed on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010. The first bookmobile in the U.S. was the 1905 horse-drawn “Library Wagon” in Washington County, Maryland.

According to the American Library Association there are 33 bookmobiles in Florida today.

We’re not sure when the first bookmobile hit the streets in Palm Beach County (if you know, please share in the comments below, and if we find out, we’ll update this post), but we were inspired by this photo on the Florida Memory website to share these photos from the Palm Beach Post photo archive. Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.


Jerminous Brown, 4, in a Treasure Coast bookmobile in December 1977. (C.J. Walker/The Palm Beach Post)


Mr. and Mrs. Larry Owens and 5-month-old Sabrina in the bookmobile, probably in the 1970s. (Guy Ferrell/The Palm Beach Post)


The Palm Beach County Library Bookmobile in 1993. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)


The interior of the Palm Beach County Library Bookmobile in 1993. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am.

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