The Smell‘s got one. Home Room‘s building one. UCLA has one, too. But why limit ourselves to just those libraries that are fixed in one place? Mobile zine libraries like the aptly-named, Miracle Bookmobile, which travels between Los Angeles and Oakland, “redistributing” books and zines for free, are popping up across the country.
We were inspired by the first bookmobile librarian Mary Titcomb’s promise, “The book goes to the man, not waiting for the man to come to the book!” Titcomb uttered these words in 1905 in rural western Maryland, yet they still resonate with us as we travel up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles to Oakland and back again. Along our journey, in most places, there are no bookstores… Our hope for The Miracle is to create new reading spaces altogether. Books are donated to us; we take them on the road, pull up in neighborhoods and then give them to folks for FREE. We are redistributing books and ideas up and down the Golden Coast. This idea of redistribution extends TitComb’s strategy around the Book while providing access to hidden histories which may otherwise be forgotten, rewritten, or destroyed. We actively collect queer materials, science fiction, radical political publications, zines, pulp, smut, local West Coast history, memoirs, books en español and anything you love reading and wanna share. People are able to walk up to the bookmobile in its various incarnations and know that they are entering another kind of physical space…We both have our share of meaningful bookmobile conversations around a myriad of subjects with amazing people who we may never see again.
MB makes use of Library Thing to let you know what they have and they Tweet where they’ll be appearing next. They were last spotted near USC; hopefully they’ll have a few more L.A. stops before returning to the Bay Area!