“Bookmobile Sunday” featuring parade of bookmobiles rolls into Chicago

Contacts: Macey Morales / Jennifer Petersen
ALA Media Relations
312-280-4393 / 5043
mmorales@ala.org / jpetersen@ala.org

For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will hold its third annual “Bookmobile Sunday” from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 during the American Library Association Annual Conference, which will be held July 9 - 15, at McCormick Place West. The event will feature programs, author book signings and a parade of bookmobiles. 

Bookmobiles, like libraries, continue to meet the needs of their communities by offering free access to the latest technology and materials to users of all ages. Patrons can search the Web, fill out a job application, take a computer class, participate in story hours and check out books, DVDs or video games, for example.

“As the poor economy fuels the demand for library services, bookmobiles play a key role in helping community members get back on their feet,” said Satia Orange, director of OLOS.  “Like libraries, bookmobiles bring opportunity to all. From registering for unemployment to finding a job, bookmobiles provide a vital service to those who are unemployed or trying to save on expenses.”

 “Bookmobile Sunday” is a ticketed event starting at 10:30 a.m. featuring educational sessions on the future of mobile libraries; current bookmobile services and improvements; and eco-friendly options such as hybrid power systems, solar panels, green materials and fuels. The event will also include a lunch presentation and book signing with Chicago-area authors Sara Paretsky (V. I. Warshawski series), and Theresa Schwegel (“Officer Down,” “Probable Cause,” Person of Interest”). Sponsors of the parade include the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS); Matthews Specialty Vehicles, Inc.; OBS, Inc; and Farber Specialty Vehicles.

The parade of bookmobiles will consist of 12 bookmobiles. Tours will be available to conference-goers and the media from 2 to 4 p.m. Bookmobile staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the importance of mobile outreach services. 

The parade of bookmobiles will include: Arlington Heights (Ill.) Public Library; Aurora (Ill.) Public Library; Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville, Ill.;  Des Plaines Valley Public Library, Lockport, Ill.; Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Glenwood-Lynwood (Ill.) Public Library; Homer Township Public Library, Homer Glen, Ill.; Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, Ill.; Kenosha (Wis.) Public Library; Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Tinley Park (Ill.) Public Library; and Warren-Newport Public Library, Gurnee, Ill.

At 4:15 p.m., authors Peter Laufer and Tom Corwin will launch “Behind the Wheel of a Bookmobile,” their-three-month long journey across the United States in a bookmobile filled with donated materials. The trip will be filmed for a future documentary and will follow Laufer and Corwin as they make stops in small towns across the country, offering free materials and interviewing their patrons.

For more information on the American Library Association and its Annual Conference, please visit www.ala.org/annual, or call Macey Morales, ALA media relations manager, at (312) 280-4393 or Jennifer Petersen, PR coordinator, at (312) 280-5043 for media registration.