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Title
Young readers inside the LAPL Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1955
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
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.
Two youngsters visiting a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile can be seen completely enthralled with their reading materials. The boy appears to be reading an oversized picture book or comic, while the little girl looks at the front cover of her own book. She stands with her back to a magazine rack listing a variety of titles.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 16 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00077010
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile.
CARL0000078895
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110974
Subject
Los Angeles Public Library
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
Periodicals

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