First there were tiny libraries sprouting up around Philadelphia, now there are libraries on wheels. Yes, the Free Library of Philadelphia has officially introduced the Book Bike, a mobile library on three wheels that brings books into the community. There’s a great article on PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com that tells the full story of this fabulous initiative.
Of course Philadelphia isn’t the first city to have a mobile library, although they may be the first to have a Book Bike on a tricycle. In 2007, the amazing author Masha Hamilton wrote a novel, based on a true story, about a mobile library in Kenya. The book is called, The Camel Bookmobile because, you guessed it, the library was housed on a camel’s back. Check out the book and the story behind the real-life camel bookmobile.
All of this just proves that libraries are possible in the most extra-ordinary circumstances.