Early Bookmobiles & Traveling Libraries

Today’s Odd Wisconsin pays homage to Wisconsin’s earliest bookmobiles and traveling libraries. This 1910 International Auto Wagon loaded with books is undoubtedly one of the earliest bookmobiles.

There were also the mobile libraries of the state’s Free Library Commission during the Progressive Era. There are som interesting old photos of these large wooden crates packed with books that opened up to stand erect as book shelves. Also mentioned is the town of Adams’ 1930s-era library housed in a refurbished rail car.