|Lambton County's first bookmobile or "book-van" in Wyoming, c. 1935.|
The Lambton County Library Bookmobile has a storied and intriguing past which began in the early 1930s. Sarnia librarian Dorothy Carlisle initiated a book-van ("trailer attached to an auto") to circulate new and interesting books between Lambton's library branches. An article that appeared in the Windsor Daily Star on September 11, 1937 proclaimed, "Circulation of books in Lambton County and other districts that have adopted the county circulating library system has increased as much as 300 per cent in the last five years... the Lambton County Library Association book-van... has 18 points of call in the county, and makes the rounds four times a year." The article closed by noting, "The book-van, a small, two-wheeled trailer with built-in shelves, pulled by auto, is welcomed by groups of eager readers as it calls at every county unit..." This marks the beginning of the Bookmobile legacy in Lambton County.
|County librarian R.M. Donovan, 1949.|
|Promotional material for new bookmobile, 1949.|
|Picture submitted by Lambton elementary school student, 1990.|
|Lambton County Library Bookmobile, behind Sarnia Library in 2011.|