began as a weekend family service project has blossomed into an
important community resource:
The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County promotes literacy and love of
reading by giving away high quality books to access-challenged people throughout the region. On a mission of
outreach, the Free Bookmobile especially seeks to serve children, families, and seniors living in rural and low-income areas.
Sonoma County has a proud history of service provision. Decades ago,
the public library system in fact ran two bookmobiles simultaneously,
allowing them to address both rural and metropolitan areas. Though not
directly affiliated with the local library, we are very proud to be
a program of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, an independent
organization dedicated to improving access to literacy resources.
And our style is a little less conventional. Rather than loan books out,
we prefer to just pass them forward, free of charge. We keep it
simple! It's a 'spreading the love' kind of thing. We function
behind the scenes as an exchange, keeping our shelves full by
donations from individual collections, publisher and bookstore overstock,
and library extras. We revel in
the excitement on the faces as we pull up to schools and community centers,
to parks and homeless shelters, increasing access to the cultural wealth of books for all comers.
Donations of high quality texts are always welcome, especially those for
young children and for older teens. We also need your ideas.
If you know how we can make this endeavor better, want to share your
own experience with bookmobiles, or just feel like saying hello, we would love to
hear from you. Your participation is
important to our success -- please join
Yours in service,
PS. Please check out our our
News page for more
about us, and our
Facebook page for the very latest behind-the-scenes info!