A Bookmobile Becomes a Book / Hyperallergic

Screenshot from the Bookmobile Book project Kickstarter video

Screenshot from the Bookmobile Book project Kickstarter video

Remember the thrill of finding the library bookmobile as a kid? I do. I rode my pink Schwinn bike through a suburban wonderland, dodging cars and small children to meet the mobile. Nowadays I associate those types of trucks with tacos, but the memory of wandering into the bookmobile to grab a hardcover and stuff it in my backpack after the swipe of my plastic library card remains fresh.

From 2001–05, another type of bookmobile roamed the streets: the MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE, founded by Courtney Dailey, Leila Portavef, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Onya Hogan-Finlay, toured the United States and Canada, selling independently produced materials such as zines and artist books. According to the Kickstarter video, the vision was to “make media literacy cool and accessible to a broad audience,” which included people in museums, nursing homes, high schools, art galleries, a women’s penitentiary, and punk houses. The project burned rubber from suburban sprawl to rural roads and city streets. Now the collective is raising funds on Kickstarter to create a book that acts as a collection of experiences from the tour, as well as a history of the project. The book has been five years in the making.

Read the full story on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/109612/a-bookmobile-becomes-a-book/