"Why don't you put an alert on eBay for a bookmobile?" Douglas said to
his wife, Wren, thinking about different ways to store the 40 boxes of books
they had rescued from a closed Catholic school in Flint, Michigan. And
so, eight months later in March 2009, the Bookmobile Project began when
Douglas and Wren Spangler purchased a used bookmobile from a public
library in Illinois.
Douglas drove the bookmobile--a 32' long bus, capable of holding 10,000
books--more than 400 miles to its new home in southern
Michigan. Douglas and Wren began filling it with books rescued from Catholic schools that have been
forced to close. The books are being stored in a temperature- and
The Holy Family Library's collection has many non-fiction children's books
that are shelved according to reading level. About 30% of the books are
religious in nature, including biographies of saints. The remaining 70%
of the collection focuses on biography and history along with a limited
selection of fiction. Wren Spangler, who has a Master's Degree in
Library Science, has begun organizing and cataloging these books.
The Holy Family Library seeks to keep Catholic literature in circulation.
To that end, the Holy Family Library has been providing the MagnifiKid!
resource to Catholic churches in southern Michigan. In addition, the
Holy Family Library has been making a variety of reading material and other
media available to families in Hillsdale and to schoolchildren at Sacred Heart Catholic School in
The Holy Family Library looks forward to serving more families and schools
in the future. If you are interested in learning more about our library,
please contact us.