San Francisco Public Library Celebrates National Bookmobile Day

Contact: John L. Amundsen

Communications Specialist

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140


For Immediate Release

April 8, 2010

CHICAGO – On Wednesday, April 14, San Francisco Public Library will join libraries across the country in marking the first-ever celebration of National Bookmobile Day.

The National Bookmobile Day festivities in San Francisco will include appearances at the Main Library by David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, City Librarian Luis Herrera, bestselling author and producer of the multi-media and documentary film project Behind the Wheel of the Bookmobile Tom Corwin and Jewelle Gomez, Library Commission president. Joining Corwin at the San Francisco Main Library will be children’s authors Mac Barnett and Kathryn Otoshi. Additional events will include stops in Golden Gate Park and a senior center.

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), National Bookmobile Day 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 provide access to information and technology and supply resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life, no matter where they are – rural areas, cities, or suburbs. National Bookmobile Day is celebrated as a part of National Library Week.

To find out more about this and other celebrations of National Bookmobile Day, including celebrations near you, please visit

The mission of OLOS is to identify and promote library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of traditionally underserved populations, and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class. The Office ensures that training, information resources, and technical assistance are available to help libraries and librarians develop effective strategies to grow programs and services for library users.

The theme of National Library Week 2010 is Communities Thrive @ your library. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.