Traveling Library Naming Contest

(Note: I have found that we’ll be using “traveling library” or “mobile library” rather than “bookmobile.”)

The rules for the Traveling Library Name Contest have been released; I’ve listed them below.  Please share with the sixth graders in your life!


The Worcester Public Library is seeking a name for its new traveling library. The mobile library will be filled with hundreds of books, new computers and technology, and it will travel throughout the City of Worcester to visit neighborhoods, public schools, senior centers, veterans and more. There will be programs and activities for all ages on the vehicle, and professional librarians will be available to help citizens find what they are looking for. The College of the Holy Cross is the proud sponsor of this new library.

This is the Mobile Library of today, not the bookmobile of yesteryear. It will have high-speed Internet connections, space-saving electronic tablets, intuitive touch screen technology, and public access to a half million items in the Worcester Public Library and nine million items in the region’s collection. Patrons will also be able to check out material in advance via the Internet and have it delivered by the Mobile Library for immediate check-out.

Now, all we need is a catchy name that reflects all that this new library will offer.

The contest is open to all sixth grade students who live in the City of Worcester whether attending a public, private or parochial school.

There are no restrictions on creativity, and no themes – be creative. This is more than just a bookmobile!

SUBMISSIONS must be received by 5 p.m. on April 11 (National Bookmobile Day).

Only one entry can be submitted per student.

Entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to: Head Librarian, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608.

Students must include on a sheet of paper their idea for a name, as well as their full name; home address; city/state/zip; student’s phone number; student/parent e-mail; school name; teacher’s name; teacher’s e-mail; student’s grade; and student’s age. Students must provide all information requested to be eligible to win.

The winner will be announced on April 30th – and will receive a prize and publicity for their contribution. More details on this will follow.


4 thoughts on “Traveling Library Naming Contest

  1. Tracy Novick says:

    With all due respect to those who are insisting “this is not your father’s bookmobile,” I think they’re making a mistake to back off the term. Since I sent around those Twitter photos yesterday, I’ve been inundated with people wanting to share positive bookmobile memories of their childhood. Everyone easily understand that this will be a modern version. As part of the need here is going to be to “sell” the community on this idea, surrendering that built-in goodwill strikes me as similar to Coca-Cola coming out with New Coke.

  2. Maxine Delirious says:

    BMILT– “Bus Mobile in Lieu of Taxes”?


    Building More Intelligent Locals Triumphantly!

    Better make it last, townies

    Think of the ways the cityfolk are beaming about this!
    Have you tried our new Beemer?
    Beam me up, ______…

    PS–is this vehicle/ gonna be in the Sunday’s parade?

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