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Title supplied by cataloger. As early as 1949 these bookmobiles, or "libraries on wheels", began taking books to the mostly disadvantaged, low-income areas, or the outlying sections of the city where community libraries had not been established. The Los Angeles Public Library's fleet of bookmobiles was comprised of 3 large vans usually loaded with 4,000 books, and a smaller one known as "Little Toot" that usually carried 3,000 books. They had 28 scheduled stops each week to such places as housing developments, shopping centers, parks, and schools that varied anywhere from an hour to three hours. It is estimated that these Traveling Branches circulated almost 250,000 volumes a year. Photo of one for four Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobiles, decorated for the Christmas season with garland, large plastic candles, and large plastic bells. A cute little boy dressed as Santa Claus, complete with red suit with white trim and hat, poses in front of the bookmobile.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00076979 Security Pacific National Bank Collection L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile CARL0000078861 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110961
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