LibroMobile is a literary project in collaboration with Red Salmon Arts initiated by local author Sarah Rafael García and established in Santa Ana, California, established in 2016—it integrates literature, visual exhibits and year-round creative workshops and live readings.
LibroMobile is not only mobile but also builds community and promotes literacy. Our tiny bookstore resides on Calle Cuatro (off 4th & Spurgeon, back alley area) and the various bookmobiles travel throughout Santa Ana visiting a variety of communities, including Grand Central Art Center, Alta Baja Market and special events through Southern California. The design of the LibroMobile is nostalgic of the iconic paletero carts or fruit vendors that are part of downtown Santa Ana. To hear or see a paletero or frutero cart builds cultural interests (from locals and visitors) to know that something authentic and familiar is being offered, and LibroMobile has achieved the same connections through relevant literature.
As a self-sustaining community model, LibroMobile is comprised of several volunteers via a literary arts cooperative. We use profits to employ youth and emerging artists of color and provide stipends to guest writers and local artists. We have continued to pay our staff during the pandemic and provide free books to our community via our little free library that's accessible 24/7! Due to the pandemic our tiny bookstore location remains closed, but we are quite active on our website: libromobile.com and social media - check us out!