About Us

WGRLS Bookmobile

Get the know the innovative history of the WGRLS Bookmobile!

Did you know that WGRLS has a history of Bookmobiles? The first system director, Edith Foster, launched the original bookmobile in 1946. At the time, residents typically accessed books through extension services at local gathering places, such as schools and stores. A Ford Station Wagon served as the first bookmobile, driving books from town to tow. By the early 1950s, Edith acquired a more conventional bookmobile.

Also in the 1950s, while West Georgia Regional Libraries served the white population of Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Douglas counties, the King Street Library alone was asked with serving African American citizens across that same vast area. Though Mr. Childs had some support from the West Georgia Regional Library’s director, he and a part-time maid were the only employees at the King Street Library. This meant the renovated building could only be open two days a week, because the rest of the time, Mr. Childs would be on the road, meeting his community where they were.

The King Street Library was gifted with a bookmobile by the National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a historically Black sorority founded at Howard University. The bookmobile could hold 1,800 books and up to eight people and was painted in the Delta Sigma Theta colors. The last bookmobile came to the system in 1991 and served for about 20 years until it was retired in the early 2010s.

Now, in 2022, WGRLS is ready to provide service to our community with a bookmobile once again! The bookmobile will be at festivals, local events, visiting schools, and much more!

The very first bookmobile

Did you know that WGRLS has a history of Bookmobiles? The first system director, Edith Foster, launched the original bookmobile in 1946. At the time, residents typically accessed books through extension services at local gathering places, such as schools and stores. A Ford Station Wagon served as the first bookmobile, driving books from town to tow. By the early 1950s, Edith acquired a more conventional bookmobile.

Also in the 1950s, while West Georgia Regional Libraries served the white population of Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, and Douglas counties, the King Street Library alone was asked with serving African American citizens across that same vast area. Though Mr. Childs had some support from the West Georgia Regional Library’s director, he and a part-time maid were the only employees at the King Street Library. This meant the renovated building could only be open two days a week, because the rest of the time, Mr. Childs would be on the road, meeting his community where they were.

The first ever Bookmobile!

The King Street Library was gifted with a bookmobile by the National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a historically Black sorority founded at Howard University. The bookmobile could hold 1,800 books and up to eight people and was painted in the Delta Sigma Theta colors. The last bookmobile came to the system in 1991 and served for about 20 years until it was retired in the early 2010s.

Now, in 2022, WGRLS is ready to provide service to our community with a bookmobile once again! The bookmobile will be at festivals, local events, visiting schools, and much more!

Request the WGRLS Bookmobile today!

Coming Soon!