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1972 Centennial Celebration, LAPL Bookmobile
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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.
A large Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile and several exhibit booths displaying the LAPL logo have been set up in conjunction with a 1972 Centennial Celebration. On the left, a wooden three-panel display board reads: "We've Only Just Begun 1872-1972", showing a map on the left panel, a large photo of a smiling man in the middle panel, and a photo collage on the right panel. Next to that, a woman sits behind a booth, which reads "Mind Bending 5 cents". Two women are seen entering the bookmobile through the rear door, and several more people can be seen wandering the area looking at other exhibits.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Display boards--California--Los Angeles
Exhibit booths--California--Los Angeles
Bookmobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Centennial celebrations, etc

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