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Learn about the Woman who Created the first Bookmobile this Women’s History Month!

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Published on March 13, 2024.

March is Women’s History Month, where we celebrate the achievements of women throughout history!

This month, we would like to highlight Mary Lemist Titcomb, who created the first bookmobile, or horse-drawn “book-wagon,” in 1904!

Mary worked for the Washington County Free Library of Maryland, the second county library in the country, and had created 66 book collection stations throughout the county at schools, churches, & post offices within five years. She devised the book-wagon as a way to reach remote farms and areas in the county for patrons who otherwise could not access the library.

Learn more about Mary Lemist Titcomb and her work at the following links!

Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame: Mary Lemist Titcomb

What’s her Name Podcast: THE BOOK MISSIONARY Mary Lemist Titcomb

New Hampshire’s History Blog: Librarian and Innovator of the ‘Bookmobile’