100 Years of Bookmobiles


Here’s an LA Times slideshow of bookmobiles of past and present, starting with Germany’s ultra-mod ROBI bookmobile, which was created to serve the library-less towns in the Heilbronn area.

According to Frameweb.com, ROBI is an eco-friendly update to the area’s former mobile library, which lent 3.5 million books over the past 30 years. ROBI visits eight towns once a week, stopping at schools in the morning and public places in the afternoons.

Graham Todd is an intern at The Rumpus. He spends his mornings writing post-apocalyptic, vaguely biblical sci-fi horror comedy, his evenings tutoring the wide-eyed youth of the Palo Alto area, and his Thursdays at The Rumpus office, effectively “off the streets”. Beyond this weekly ritual, he enjoys karaoke, the movies, and jogging. More from this author →