The Bookmobile is Back in Town | Arts News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It

The Bookmobile is Back in Town 

State of the Arts

A roaming bookmobile hits the brakes at Shelburne’s Pierson Library on Tuesday, but forget the jumbled van full of kid-lit tomes from your childhood. The nationally touring Digital Bookmobile, created by Cleveland-based digital distributor OverDrive, is a riff on that blast from the past. Its whopping 74-foot-long 18-wheeler is packed with the latest in literature — virtual, that is.

The trend of downloading traditional library materials digitally — in the form of audiobook, eBook, video or music files — is steadily rising. “We’re in the top 10 [Vermont] libraries [for] distribution in digital audiobooks,” says Kip Roberson, director of the Pierson. “Books are certainly still No. 1 for us,” he continues, but notes that an increasing number of patrons seek digital audiobooks to listen to on their way to work, for example.

In response, the Pierson Library, as part of a group of libraries around the state called the Green Mountain Library Consortium, has upped its online services. The Consortium’s downloadable audiobook collection, dubbed Listen Up! Vermont, has more than 2000 titles that can be accessed anywhere, even past library hours. Want to “read” Great Expectations on your iPod while pedaling down the bike path? Users just need a library card, Internet access and the mobile device.

Filled with interactive computer stations — and a couple of OverDrive reps to guide the way — the bookmobile allows bibliophiles to explore the downloads their library cards can access. For the uninitiated, a “gadget gallery” featuring iPods, Sony Readers and Zunes demonstrates which newfangled devices are compatible with the Internet-based services.

It may be a digital world out there, but are tech-savvy kids the only ones who will benefit from these offerings? Roberson says no. “We have all ages asking questions here about it. I’m hoping [the bookmobile will] draw a crowd from every age group.”

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Carolyn Fox

About The Author

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Arts News

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2018 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation