Dear Friends,

What 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 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 aggregating 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 us!

Yours in service,

Glen Weaver

Glen@freebookmobile.org

707.520.4536

PS. Please check out our our News page for more about us, and our Facebook page for the very latest behind-the-scenes info!