Hansford takes out several DVDs at a time. He doesn't have cable, and he has to have something to do in the evenings, he said.
"I get these things by the millions," he said.
The branch and mobile libraries are such a regular part of Smith's routine that he could hardly imagine life without them, but he says he's rarely tempted to travel to the main branch in Charleston. It's too far.
"And the last time I was there, I got a parking ticket," he said.
In an ironic twist that highlights the convoluted relationship between the public library and public school system, seven of the bookmobile's regular stops are at rural schools (that's during the school year - the summer schedule replaces those with other locations).
On Thursday morning, for example, the mobile library spent three hours parked outside Chesapeake Elementary School while classes filed through, letting students check out and return books.
The school has its own library, but the librarian is only there part time and its small, stagnant collection of materials is nothing compared with the vast public library resources that the bookmobile draws upon.
One first-grader kneeled on the floor, flipping through a Where's Waldo picture book, that classic puzzle book with the nearly universally recognizable mascot in the red stripes.
"What is it?" her friend asked.
"I don't know," she said. "But it's so cool."
It's that kind of experience with books, Pierce said, that the bookmobile fosters.
"It is the library in its purest form," she said. "We don't have the other services that the branches offer, but people love the bookmobile. They come get books, and it still becomes a social setting."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.