Thursday, April 11, 2013
Do you ever remember the Book mobile? Well a long long time ago when there were not many libraries around, some of the bigger libraries offered a service of bringing books to people in a van. I found this photo and can remember the newer vans that used to do the same. This picture was before my time but even as a child I remember the book mobiles. I was brought up in a reading household and we always had books and magazines around. Many of our magazines were they types that you learned things from like Reader's Digest and National Geographic. I always get a library card where ever I've have lived as I love reading books. When we first moved here the libraries were in small towns but being in a rural area that is 7 miles to the closest town, I found a service that our state library system had called "Books by Mail". They would send out a circular and you could pick books from that and order for free and they would come in a mailing bag kind of like the leather money bags. After you read the books, you would put them back in and put the choices for the next mailing and put them in the bag and mail it back. I think our state library still has this service. Well I got out of the habit of doing the books by mail and would occasionally get books from the library. Then I found "paperbackswap.com" online and I would take my old books..not just paperbacks and would list them and for everyone I mailed to someone who requested it, I could order a book free. I've gotten rid of a lot of my books I will never read again and gotten new books for myself or to give as gifts. Now my eyes have gotten where it is hard to read a printed book but I bought a tablet over a year ago and got the free Kindle app...the world has opened back up to me now as I find I can read these better than those on the printed paper...so I'm back to reading now. But looking through the years at how reading has progressed...First only the schools had books, then small libraries and larger libraries, book mobiles, books by mail, swapping online and now e-books...And being an old Reading teacher I'm glad to see that reading is still around.