Beacon Book of the Summer
Nancy Runs the Bookmobile
by Enid Johnson
by Katrina Lybbert
(Recommended for ages 12 & up)
Nancy Runs the Bookmobile by Enid Johnson is an out
of print book that was published in 1956. Nancy has graduated
from college with a teacher's certificate, yet is feeling unsure about
actually getting a job as a teacher.
She is at an interview for a teaching job, when she
overhears a discussion about the need for someone to run a bookmobile.
For some reason, she immediately knows that that is the job she
must have. Even though she has no degree in library science, they
agree to hire her temporarily, till a real librarian can be found.
Nancy has many adventures as she drives over country roads to
take books to schools in her area. However, through a lack of
experience she makes some mistakes. She decides she must go back
to school and get a library science degree. As the cover of this
book suggests, there is romance in the book. She does have a
conflict in choosing between two men, one from her hometown, and one
from the university.
My thoughts:I never expected that a book I found on a grocery store book exchange shelf would be a treasure. At first I thought it would be a just for fun book. I have fond memories of a bookmobile from my childhood, and love anything to do with books, so that is why I picked it up in the first place. I was amazed to discover quotes from literature, poems, and ideas and thoughts that made me think. There were many different characters in the book that showed examples of human nature, examples that we can learn from. I love that they performed Handel's Messiah at Christmas time. I do that, too! There was a quote in the book from Samuel Johnson - a person I first heard about in Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour.
Learn some fun history about bookmobiles: http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/bookmobile.htm
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