Happy National Bookmobile Day!
As a part of National Library Week, we're celebrating National Bookmobile Day!
It warms my heart to see my library's bookmobile around town. I remember when a branch a few miles away was closed for renovations, the bookmobile had a semi-permanent location in a Kroger parking lot and it was ALWAYS packed. It really goes to show how much the library is loved and how far the library was willing to go to meet their patrons' needs.
But bookmobiles come in all stripes, not just via libraries. One of my favorite bookmobiles is Bookspace Columbus. The owner, Charlie, is a nomadic bookseller, packing his wares into his car and showing up at festivals and events all around the city.
While Bookspace isn't a bookmobile in the same way the library's bookmobile is––you can't really get inside Charlie's car and walk around bookshopping––but the function is the same. In both cases, they're bringing books to places where books previously weren't and are giving people an easy way to access them.
If you've ever wondered what it was like to run a bookmobile or be a nomadic bookseller yourself, check out this interview I did with Charlie. He's been featured on Publisher's Weekly and has a unique perspective on bookselling in today's world.