Daniel Donnelly

Scene From A Bookmobile:
A True SD County Library Story

Mary, a North County resident, runs into John, another North County resident and friend, on the Bookmobile on a recent Thursday morning. Their encounter turns out to be half social and half library business-related, and an animated conversation ensues.

Mary asks John if he has seen the popular DVD release of the recent movie "My Week With Marilyn" yet, to which he replies that he has not, but that it was currently sitting on his Netflix queue, waiting to reach the top of his list.

Bookmobile librarian/driver Luis, overhearing the conversation, reaches toward a shelf, pulling out the DVD film, "My Week With Marilyn," promptly handing it to John.

John pulls out his library card and immediately checks the DVD out from the San Diego County Library's collection, on the spot. He views the film that night, calling Mary the next day to discuss how much he enjoyed the film and thanking her for her recommendation of it. He returns it to the Bookmobile on its next visit, two weeks later, thanking Luis for his friendly, perceptive assistance.

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The San Diego County Library Bookmobile appears for an hour and a half in Mary and John's neighborhood twice a month.

This free service for all county residents not only offers books for check out, it also offers books by mail, books on CD or tape, DVD movies, music CDs, videos, video games, magazines, large print books, and Spanish and other non-English language materials.

By using the San Diego County Library website, www.sdcl.org, library card holders such as John and Mary may order online and reserve most library materials and receive updates on what has become available and reminders of when borrowed items are due for return. All library materials may, of course, be returned to the Bookmobile or to any branch of the library system.

Luis and Martha, the North County Mobile Library librarians/drivers, cheerfully and professionally satisfy the library needs of North County residents, appearing twice monthly in mostly rural locations, far from branch libraries within the San Diego County Library system.