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 long history of service provision. Decades ago, the public library in fact ran two bookmobiles simultaneously, allowing them to address both rural and metropolitan areas. Though not directly affiliated with the county system, we are proud to be the leader in local literacy outreach.
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.