CHICAGO – Audrey Niffenegger wants you to celebrate National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
The acclaimed author of "The Night Bookmobile" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife" has lent her support to America’s bookmobiles as the 2011 Honorary Chair of National Bookmobile Day. National Bookmobile Day celebrates mobile library services and provides supporters with an opportunity to recognize bookmobiles’ impact on communities.
“Libraries exist to serve readers,” said Niffenegger, “and bookmobiles are a terrific example of library service. If you are very old or very young, if you live off the beaten track, if you just can't make it to your local library, bookmobiles are for you. A good bookmobile warms the cockles of my heart; it is a movable community, bringing books to the readers.”
Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct-delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for more than 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life.
Supporters can share their bookmobile stories on the National Bookmobile Day page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bookmobileday. Libraries planning National Bookmobile Day festivities can download free and customizable materials, including bookmarks, flyers, sticker templates and sample publicity materials at www.ala.org/bookmobiles.
National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).