13 marraskuuta 2019

Library on Wheels

At their highest peak there were 200 library buses on the roads of Finland, now numbering 140. But one of them stops once a week nearby, at the local primary school. I looked in and it was filled with happy kids. So great to see that new readers are growing up! I use a lot of library but never thought about this option. Library buses offer literature for all ages - also bestsellers! - and I could easily change my library reservations here.

In Vantaa there are two library buses - DREAM & STORY and 107 stops: 33 kindergartens, 28 schools and 46 street stops. Borrowing activity is lively and in 2018 there were about 172 000 loans, most of which were literature for children and young people.

This is my most recent loan - Wanderings in Italy - Traveler of the Year Award 2019. 
The Mondo magazine in Finland especially praises the book for its rich travel stories:

Wanderings in Italy is a delightfully diverse compilation of travel stories: the book wanders 
in the wild and in beautiful cities, spotting cultural discoveries and even small breweries. 
Behind the 15 stories edited by Markku Kaskela and Tomi Kontio, there are numerous 
well-known writers from visual artists to poets. 


#all seasons  #der natur donnerstag #digitalart dienstag #foto-tunes #gartenglück 
#image-in-ing  #makrotex #mosaic monday #my corner of the world #saturday’s critters
# t in die neue woche #the weekend roundup #uudet värikollaasit #wandering camera
#willy-nilly #watw

18 kommenttia:

  1. Oh Riitta, this is such a great and good thing!
    Thank you for sharing this! Would love, they would have something like this here in regions, where they don't have a library any more!
    Wishing you a lovely day,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  2. Great idea! I love the artwork on the vehicle.

  3. Oh, that immediately reminds me of my childhood in Cologne. There came also a library bus and I borrowed very often one of the books. After my move I never saw anything like it again. There is no such thing here either, but there is a public library at the school in the village.

    The bus looks great too! Love the painting.

    Wishing you a beautiful day I am sending greetings over to you


  4. Wow, so ein Bücherbus ist ja was ganz feiners. Wir haben in verschiedenen Gemeinden auch so einen, aber so toll bemalt ist der nicht.

    Hab einen schönen Tag und lieben Gruß Eva

  5. Muito importante estas bibliotecas itinerantes e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. ...in the early '50s when I was in grade school by had the 'bookmobile that came to school every week. Back then the school didn't have its own library. The graphics are wonderful.

  7. Glad to see library vans are thriving in Finland. I love mine which comes within meters of my back garden gate. For a small fee he will get any book for me. What’s not to like. Hope it’s not too cold in your corner and you are staying cosy Riitta with all your books. B x

  8. Liebe riitta,
    bei uns gibt es Bücherkisten etc. aber einen Bücherbus habe ich noch nicht gesehen.
    Eine tolle Idee und der Bus sieht so richtig einladend aus. Ich würde sofort hinein gehen und stöbern....
    liebe Grüße

  9. What a great find! It's good to see that books are available to so many people. I love the mural on the sides, too!

    I'm glad to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

  10. Library buses are so wonderful, specially in remote areas! I love the illustration on the bus.


  11. We have these here also! A wonderful idea!

  12. Suomen kirjastolaitokselle eläköön-huuto!

  13. Oh wow what a library bus! Onpa ihana kuva maalattu bussin kylkeen. Katajanokalla asuessamme kävimme kirjastoautossa, se kun siellä kerran viikossa kulki!

  14. Kirjastoautot ovat kyllä nykyään oikeita taideteoksia. Kivat kuvat täällä.

  15. Upea! Tuollaisia maalauksia lisää katukuvaan.


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