Very Merry Bookmobile Brings Books and the Holiday Spirit to Small Towns
“We can even help you get interlibrary loans,” she said. “It is the library coming to your door in essence. If you want anything from the library, you can get it.”
For example, she said, “It is a great resource for the teachers. I fill a list of whatever subject they are studying…It is a wonderful resource and it is free.”
Right now, it is also decorated for Christmas. Quiros adds holiday decorations every year.
Quiros said she loves her work. “It is cetainly the best job in the county,” she raved. “I get to see the county. It is remarkable to see the different communities….The people are just remarkable.”
She loves bringing joy to bookish folk. “People come in and take out 60 books for their kids,” she explained. Right now, holiday books are popular with everything from Christmas cookbooks to children’s holiday favorites.
“Libraries are so important,” Quiros pointed out. “They are a mark of culture.”
Her moving library helps bring culture and community to remote areas. “The bookmobile is sort of an event,” she said. “It becomes a meeting place…Sometimes friends see each other only when they come to check out books…because they are living sort of isolated.”
Recently, she said, Honeydew residents made sure that their farmers market was planned around the arrival of their moving library. “They want to make sure it is on at same time as the bookmobile,” she said.
Quiros has been driving the bookmobile for seven years. “The woman before me did it for four years and the man before her did it for 20 years,” she explained. “You establish great relationships with the people…I begin to know the patrons and what they might like. They ask me to bring books. Or I think this person would like the book and so I bring it for them.”
Today, the bookmobile opens its doors at four different tiny towns along the Avenue of the Giants.
Below is a list of where and when the Bookmobile opens its doors. Look for a stop near you and take advantage of a library on wheels.
Please note: there is no Bookmobile service on County Holidays.
First & Third Tuesday of every month.
|Karuk Tribe Community Center, 459 Asip Road||10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.|
|Orleans School||12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
|Panamnik Building||1:35 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.|
Second Tuesday of every month.
|Bridgeville School||10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
(near the Laundromat)
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.|
|Carlotta (Martin & Shirley’s)||3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
First and third Wednesday of every month.
|Petrolia Post Office||10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Petrolia School||11:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.|
|Honeydew School||1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.|
Avenue of the Giants
Second Wednesday of every month.
|Miranda Post Office||10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
|Myers Flat Post Office||12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.|
|Weott Post Office||2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.|
|Redcrest Post Office||3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
First Thursday of every month.
|Loleta School||12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|Table Bluff Reservation||2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
Second Thursday of every month.
|Big Lagoon School||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Orick Elementary School||1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
(by the Flagpole)
|2:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|