OBS recently delivered this unique and beautiful bookmobile to the St. Nick’s Alliance in Brooklyn , New York.
The bookmobile interior is bright, fun and has multi-functional spaces.
It includes a mixed materials bookshelf system, consisting of handcrafted wood shelves with aluminum uprights and color coded to define their function.
Other color coded work areas are the story area, to look like the park benches found in urban areas, the audio centers, and crafts area. The ceiling stripes and custom designed floor covering augment the color scheme.
The spacious interior has an abundance of natural light, as well as LEDs lining the sidewalls and task lights as needed.
It has doors on each side of the bus, for safe access on one way streets, as well as ADA access in the rear. The rear area also contains a custom-designed rolling desk, closet, and is separated from the area by a custom-made curtain.
The bookmobile, built on a 40’ Blue Bird Activity bus, is named the BK Storymobile, and was designed by Pratt Institute students, as part of a project in Jon Otis’ design class. Utilizing their artistic and design skills, they created a complete bookmobile, which included a floorplan, design elements, and materials, and then provided to St. Nick’s. The next phase was to determine how this design could be turned into a real, functioning bookmobile. Mr. Otis contacted OBS, as well as other bookmobile manufacturers. Our response was “ this is a really cool and interesting- but we need to make it “bookmobile”and “road worthy”. Which we know how to do.
OBS was awarded the project, with the idea that we would preserve the colors, design and intent of the students efforts while crafting a bookmobile that we know will last.
St. Nick’s Alliance is a 40-year old non-sectarian, non-profit organization serving the residents of North Brooklyn. Recognizing that children need better access to books and literacy activities, the organization’s leadership determined that a bookmobile would be a way to do that.