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CANCELED Evenings Upstairs - History of Bookmobile Service in Kentucky




All library programming scheduled for the months of March and April has been canceled.

Led by Wayne Onkst, Kentucky Writer & Retired State Librarian
Co-sponsored the Kentucky Humanities
In celebration of the anticipated Spring 2020 launch of our new bookmobile!
Bookmobiles have been an important part of library service in Kentucky since World War II. In fact, Kentucky has had more bookmobiles than any other state for many years.

This presentation covers the development of outreach services, from the packhorse librarians to the book wagons and the earliest bookmobiles. The presentation focuses on the bookmobile drive in 1954 when a statewide campaign raised funds for the purchase of 100 bookmobiles, books for the bookmobiles, and maintenance. This campaign was unique and gave Kentucky the nation’s largest fleet of bookmobiles.


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