The Norfolk Public Library stopped by the Naval Station Norfolk Naval Exchange to give sailors and their families a look at the newly renovated Bookmobile containing new book and movie rentals.

IC2 Shea Ray

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk in conjunction National Bookmobile Day celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. Each year, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Week. This year National Bookmobile Day was Wednesday, April 11.

National Library Week and National Bookmobile Day, Naval Station Norfolk welcomed the return of the Norfolk Bookmobile after a nine-month renovation.

“We are very excited for the return of our bookmobile,” said Kelly Straub, the Norfolk Public relations specialist. “The bus is 20 years old, it really needed new flooring, lighting and mechanical work but it looks great now and we are ready to continue to provide books, audiobooks and movies to those who need us.”

What is a bookmobile? A bookmobile is essentially a library on wheels. If you have never visited a Norfolk Public library and would like to check out a book from the bookmobile they provide applications and for active duty personnel, a copy of your orders will suffice if you are not a Virginia state resident. After all your paperwork is complete, you are free to check out books for two weeks, if you finish your checkouts before the return of the bookmobile, can either wait for the return of the bus or drop off your checkouts at any of the Norfolk Public Libraries. They also provide online holds and constant circulation of new book arrivals. The Bookmobile has been making around 20 stops a week to child development centers, assisted living communities, youth centers and many other locations.

The bookmobile has a long history dating back to the 19th century as horse-drawn buggies and has greatly improved to bookmobile trolley cars in Switzerland and The Epos, a floating library in Norway.

“The Bookmobile makes around 20 stops a week to child development centers, assisted living communities, youth centers and many other locations,” said Monique Lucas, Library Assistant One. “We also provide online holds and a constant circulation of new book arrivals. When our books are no longer available for service we hold book sales and donations.

With the summer just a few months away, be sure to check out the local routes for the Bookmobile on www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org.

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