On May 16, 2015, The Friends of Sleepy Hollow dedicated monuments to Mary Lemist Titcomb, the founder of the bookmobile, and her sister Lydia Folsom Titcomb Howell in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Mary Lemist Titcomb was born in New Hampshire on May 16, 1852 and after deciding to be a librarian as her chosen career, apprenticed at the Concord Public Library. Eventually she moved to the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, where she realized books were not accessible to citizens of rural communities without libraries nearby. She started by setting up deposit stations around rural communities, which then developed into an idea of a bookmobile.
Titcomb launched the bookmobile, or “book wagon” service in 1905, delivering books with a horse-drawn wagon, and bringing a wealth of knowledge through books to those who otherwise would not have access. Driven to improve library services, she also instituted library training classes for her library personnel, which continued until 1931. Titcomb died in 1932 at the age of 80. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990.
Mary Titcomb and her sister Lydia, her brothers and parents are all buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, but until now there were no grave markers for Mary and her sister. The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, in conjuction with the author Sharlee Glenn have remedied the lack of markers with new stones.
Children's author Sharlee Glenn and her daughter Erica at Mary Titcomb's headstone. Sharlee recently authored a book for children about Mary Titcomb.
Bagpiper Adam Holdaway played at the dedication.