LIBRARY ON WHEELS: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile
Author: Sharlee Glenn
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018
SUMMARY: Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852-1932) was one of the most innovative librarians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She grew up wanting to do something special. The problem was that people were always telling her that she couldn't. But Mary never gave up, and did find something special -- to be a librarian. (Provided by Publisher)
As head librarian of the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library did not serve all the people that it could. She was determined that everyone would have access to a library -- not just the rich and those who lived in town. As so she set out to find a way to take the library to the county's 25,000 rural residents. Thus, the bookmobile was born.
SNIPPET: Mary Lemist Titcomb grew up wanting to do things. The problem was, people were telling her that she couldn't. She couldn't do this, because she was too young. She couldn't do that, because she was a girl, or because her family didn't have enough money, or because it just wasn't practical. But Mary never gave up.
Mary was born on May 16, 1852, in Farmington, New Hampshire. Though from a poor family and in a day when academic opportunities for women were scarce, Mary was intent on getting a good education.
MY NOTES: So many things wowed me about this book! First of all -- the primary source photographs, maps and correspondence of Mary as well as of the library, bookmobile and the era in general. Next, the inspiring story of Mary Lemist Titcomb and how her efforts live on to bring books and and to affect the lives of people today. Lastly, the story of how the author came across this woman and all that she was inspired to do in her name. As a book lover and author, I am grateful for this book, the inspiration it conjures and the homage it pays.
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