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Title
Decorated Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Creator
Friezer, Joe
Date Created and/or Issued
1974
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
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.
Front view of a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile seen decorated for the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. A dragon and lantern hang from the passenger's side mirror. A banner in Chinese which reads, Gung Hay Fot Choy, covers the "Biblioteca Ambulante" writing at the front of the bookmobile. Several people can be seen inside looking through shelves of books, and Cheryl Pikes is shown waving at the photographer. Bert Thomas is the bookmobile's driver.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00077016
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile.
CARL0000080022
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/111514
Subject
Los Angeles Public Library
Decoration and ornament--Animal forms--California--Los Angeles
Trucks--Decoration--California--Los Angeles
Decoration and ornament--Chinese influences
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles

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