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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. A hand painted banner is taped to the side of a Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile depicting five Chinese Zodiac animals: rooster, tiger, dragon, hare and monkey. Three lanterns also hang along this side. It is possible that this bookmobile was decorated to participate in a community parade.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00077015 Security Pacific National Bank Collection L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Branches-Bookmobile. CARL0000078837 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110937
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