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October 3, 2010 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
The Night Bookmobile A Graphic Novel Audrey Niffenegger Abrams Comicarts: 40 pp., $19.95 What would a library of your entire life's reading contain? What kinds of material ? not just books, but anything you've ever read, such as instruction manuals, classified ads and cereal box tops ? would you find? Can you remember every single thing you've ever read? If you can't, don't worry: Alexandra, the main character in Audrey Niffenegger's graphic novel "The Night Bookmobile," discovers that there's a mysterious power in the universe keeping track of such things.
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October 3, 2010 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
The Night Bookmobile A Graphic Novel Audrey Niffenegger Abrams Comicarts: 40 pp., $19.95 What would a library of your entire life's reading contain? What kinds of material ? not just books, but anything you've ever read, such as instruction manuals, classified ads and cereal box tops ? would you find? Can you remember every single thing you've ever read? If you can't, don't worry: Alexandra, the main character in Audrey Niffenegger's graphic novel "The Night Bookmobile," discovers that there's a mysterious power in the universe keeping track of such things.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
Young friends Mercy Berning and Chanda and Brenda Campbell bounced up the steps of the city's bookmobile when it stopped in their neighborhood one recent afternoon, dragging a bulging cloth bag. From inside they pulled 12 books and handed them to librarian Barbara Weber and her assistant, Kathy Allred, before diving into the children's section. Pulling out adventures, fairy tales and picture books, the girls--ages 7, 8 and 5, respectively--within 10 minutes had a pile of 17 books to check out.
OPINION
May 13, 2004
It is ironic that on Page B2 of the May 5 California section there is an article about how Reginald Carhee, a former prison inmate, improved his reading skills through a program at the Los Angeles Public Library, and on Page B3 of the same section there is an article about city budget cuts eliminating the Los Angeles Library's bookmobile program. By cutting this program the city is pulling books out of the hands of children, increasing the likelihood that they will fall behind in literacy skills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1985
I have just finished grading Final Research Papers from a college-level introductory class and have arrived at the following conclusion: Many of today's college students are severely disadvantaged because they lack the ability to think. They lack curiosity about anything beyond their small world of MTV, going to concerts, keeping up with the latest fashions, and working at the local fast-food restaurant. Many college students lack the skills necessary to be successful in college-level classes and in a future career in our information society: writing ability, investigative skills, problem-solving ability, and the ability to follow specific instructions.
BOOKS
March 12, 1989 | KEITH LOVE, Love is a Times staff writer.
In the winter of 1959, a boy lay on the floor of a South Carolina farm house, writhing and bucking with a stomachache, the kind of stomachache a 12-year-old gets when he eats too many crab apples. Upon his plea, his puzzled father brought in a stick of firewood--probably ash or hickory, the old man was finicky about his firewood--and put it under the boy's belly. The boy rolled back and forth on it and found relief. His father was amazed--Where'd you get that one, boy? From a book, Pop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1991 | PAM MILLER
As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Ventura County Library Services Agency will hold tours of its bookmobile today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Buenaventura mall. A historical display of pictures will give the public a view of contributions the bookmobile has made to library services, spokeswoman Trish Cavanaugh said. The public will be able to sign up for library cards while being entertained by clowns, face painters and a magician, Cavanaugh said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1994 | REBECCA BRYANT
The Los Angeles Public Library is expanding its bookmobile service to the San Fernando Valley until more of the 12 earthquake-damaged libraries can be reopened. "We've been augmenting our normal stops so we can at least attempt to provide service," said Robert Reagan, libraries spokesman. "It's a stopgap until we can get these buildings reopened."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | NANCY FORREST
The Community Literacy Project brings reading to low-income families in Oxnard by allowing young children and their parents to check out books from a vehicle devoted to the purpose. But now the bookmobile project, sponsored by the Oxnard Elementary School District, has hit a bump in the road after losing its funding. Donations are needed to revive the popular program, said its coordinator, Cherie Moraga. "The funding for the project ended June 30," said Moraga, a former kindergarten teacher.
NEWS
October 15, 1987 | DAVID LARSEN, Times Staff Writer
It began with what amounted to a truck, and it is about to go the way of a truck--the old Helms Bakery ones. The venerable bookmobile within 10 years, predicts Los Angeles County Public Librarian Linda F. Crismond, will be a thing of the past. "Increasingly taking its place is books by mail," she said. "This started about 10 years ago, but it is accelerating rapidly."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
The bookmobile -- the mini-library on wheels that for generations has brought books into the neighborhoods of young and old readers -- may have reached the end of the road in Los Angeles. Bleak budget conditions have combined with what some library officials describe as declining interest in the city's bookmobile program, landing the service in the cuts category of Mayor James K. Hahn's 2004-05 budget proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jumping up and down and clapping her hands, 6-year-old Yasmine Hernandez could barely contain her excitement when the purple and red bus arrived at Allesandro Elementary School near Elysian Heights in Los Angeles. "Yes! Yes!" she squealed, standing in line with her classmates to board the brightly colored bookmobile, a traveling library that visits her school every three weeks. After the line inched ahead, Yasmine squeezed into a packed, 5-foot-wide aisle where she and her friends each picked a few books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | NANCY FORREST
The Community Literacy Project brings reading to low-income families in Oxnard by allowing young children and their parents to check out books from a vehicle devoted to the purpose. But now the bookmobile project, sponsored by the Oxnard Elementary School District, has hit a bump in the road after losing its funding. Donations are needed to revive the popular program, said its coordinator, Cherie Moraga. "The funding for the project ended June 30," said Moraga, a former kindergarten teacher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
The Anaheim Public Library Foundation is hoping to stock a second bookmobile for the city by selling copies of a video about Anaheim's history. The foundation is working to raise the $100,000 needed to purchase 10,000 volumes for the bookmobile, which is expected to hit the road in 2000, said Jim Hathcock, foundation president. The $25 video, "Anaheim: From Grapes to Golden Opportunities," is available at the Central Library, branch libraries and the Anaheim Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER and DEBRA CANO
The city has decided to purchase a new bookmobile to be used as a traveling display and information center in the resort area during construction and, later, to help meet the community's library needs. Officials said the bookmobile will be used to offer updates and drawings of the phases of the project, which include public improvements, a second Disney theme park and an expansion of the Convention Center. At the end of the resort project, the city will convert the vehicle into a bookmobile.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Linda Hanks recently broke her ankle and didn't work on the Santa Ana Public Library bookmobile for several months, she received periodic calls from a library patron she'd gotten to know over the past five years. "I was really touched to get calls from her," says Hanks, who has worked 14 years on the bookmobile, an RV or cabin truck stocked with library books that travels to designated places regularly.
NEWS
December 7, 1994 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Linda Hanks recently broke her ankle and didn't work on the Santa Ana Public Library bookmobile for several months, she received periodic calls from a library patron she'd gotten to know over the past five years. "I was really touched to get calls from her," says Hanks, who has worked 14 years on the bookmobile, an RV or cabin truck stocked with library books that travels to designated places regularly.
NEWS
May 22, 1985 | WILLIAM S. MURPHY, Murphy is a Times photographer. and
Bringing reading to residents of the San Fernando Valley is a daily service provided by three bookmobiles that visit elementary schools, senior citizens' apartments, parks and neighborhood shopping centers under a program sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library. Its purpose is to furnish library services to those who would find it difficult or impossible to reach branch libraries. This is particularly true of a number of elementary schools that are located far from the 17 Valley branches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some library services will resume next week in Valencia, which has been without a public library since the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. * A bookmobile will begin operating near the earthquake-damaged building and a storytelling series for children will be offered at a mall. Library branches are open in Newhall and Canyon Country, according to Josefina Reyes, community library manager for the Valencia branch, but they are not convenient for all residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1994 | REBECCA BRYANT
The Los Angeles Public Library is expanding its bookmobile service to the San Fernando Valley until more of the 12 earthquake-damaged libraries can be reopened. "We've been augmenting our normal stops so we can at least attempt to provide service," said Robert Reagan, libraries spokesman. "It's a stopgap until we can get these buildings reopened."
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