top ten lessons learned on the bookmobile (so far)

As Brewster Kahle cautioned, practice, practice, and more practice is required to perfect the setup, the bookmaking, and the break down of the bookmobile. He spoke the truth, and as we embark upon our last days of the tour, I thought I'd list some of the hard lessons of the road. :)

1. Tune-up the bookmobile before leaving.
After a night at Franklin's Service in Eureka, the bookmobile got a fancy new radiator. When we picked it up, we learned that the brakes aren't so good. Fingers crossed they hold.

2. To make the satellite dish work, you must plug in the correct cord.
We had to call the Internet Archive to solve this one.

3. Thrift stores are key.
After our stop at the Plumas County Library, we bought a card table for a buck and it made all the difference.

4. Get more sleep.
The bookmobilista crew doesn't sleep, and we proved it by blogging 'til the wee hours each night.

5. Name the machinery: it makes it fun for everyone!
After a couple days on the road, we started calling our extended crew by name: Sally the Slicer, Bessie the Binder, Pauline the Printer, Powlis Parker the Scorer (the name of the inventor), and Vanessa, our GPS system.

6. Don't scorn the GPS system.
Before leaving San Francisco, we scoffed and guffawed over not needing the GPS system on board. As soon as we left, laziness ensued and we relied heavily on Vanessa's guidance to find each stop.

7. Scorn the GPS system.
Vanessa wasn't always right, and turned huffy if we shut her off.

8. Martha Stewart was right.
A table cloth with a tasteful print adds pizazz to a bookmobile display.

9. Always take the keys out of the ignition before locking the door.
AAA came in handy that day.

10. If you're gonna lock the keys in the bookmobile, make sure you're at a library.


a sensible list i can surely support!

and indeed - the tasteful print (and all the great offerings) adds a ton of pizazz.

where to be parked when I lock the keys in the ignition. I thought the place of choice was in front of a locksmith, but I can see your point!

What a great chronicle this is, Sarah. Thanks for taking this journey.

this list is great, and surely there are more stories to be told. :) the blog of the trip was so interesting, and it's wonderful that you met so many librarians and heard their stories in person! good job!