10 things you should know about the bookmobile

March 15, 2012|By AMY DULEBOHN |
  • Students from The Learning Center select books inside the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile. The bookmobile makes a stop each month at the Summit Avenue facility. The bookmobile will be there from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 23.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

You might have seen the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile in your neighborhood, or at a nearby business or daycare facility. It's kind of hard to miss. It looks similar to a bus, but is white and emblazoned with color logos and murals. And that's just on the outside. Step inside, and you will see a mini-library, with staff members, books for all ages and in every genre, magazines and other periodicals, CDs and DVDs.

Here are some facts you might not know about the local bookmobile.

  1. The bookmobile makes about 100 stops a month across Washington County, according to associate librarian Becky Henson. The schedule is available online, or you can pick up a paper schedule from the bookmobile. Scheduled stops are at nursing homes, daycare facilities, schools and in communities.
  2. Don't have a Washington County Free Library card? No problem. You can get a library card on the bookmobile. You can also get a library card at any branch of the county library system. Library cards are available for a fee to nonresidents of Washington County.
  3. Have trouble getting to the library to return books on time? Any material borrowed from a library branch or the bookmobile can be returned to any bookmobile stop or any library branch.
  4. The bookmobile keeps mostly new releases and popular books and recorded items on its shelves. But if you are looking for a classic novel, or any older or more obscure title, you can request material from any branch or through interlibrary loan for pick up on the bookmobile.
  5.  The bookmobile provides homebound services for individual library patrons who cannot use the library because of age or physical limitations. To qualify, patrons must agree to use only the bookmobile for library service. Qualifying patrons are visited once per month with preselected materials.
  6.  You can request the bookmobile to stop in your neighborhood. Stops are established on a first-come, first-served basis according to schedule availability. To get a stop at your home or in your neighborhood, you must agree to check out at least 15 books per month and there must be sufficient space for the bookmobile to park and turn around.
  7.  The bookmobile has a wheelchair lift, and features two doors with drop-down steps and rails.
  8. If the snow emergency plan is in effect, the bookmobile does not run. There is no make up for snow days.
  9. There are no fines charged for items checked out from the bookmobile.
  10. Magazines and other periodicals found on the bookmobile are available for checkout. The ability to check out periodicals from the libraries varies across the branches. 

To learn more...

Go to, and click on bookmobile in the bottom left corner, call 301-739-3250, ext. 155,  or email


  •  Summerland Manor, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 155, for stop locations.
  • Fahrney Keedy Home, 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
  • Tilgmanton Acres at Norman Drive, 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
  • Calvary's Kids at Clear Spring, 9 a.m. Thursday, March 22.
  • Miss Jamie's Daycare, 10312 National Pike, 9:45 a.m. Thursday, March 22.
  • Rehoboth Learning Center in Williamsport, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22.
  • Kinder Haven at Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsport, 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 22.
  • Broadfording Christian Academy, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22.
  • Building Blocks, 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 23.
  • Heather's Daycare, 845 Summit Avenue, 9:45 a.m. Friday, March 23.
  • The Learning Center at Summit Avenue, 10 a.m. Friday, March 23.
  • Little Angels Daycare at Quailbridge Circle in Robinwood, 11 a.m. Friday, March 23.

Photos by Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

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