How cool is this? The Boston Public Library (first library to have a children’s room) is bringing the library to Boston’s families via bike! Some stops for the bike will include Boston events and will include pop-up story times, book checkouts, and card sign ups.
Here’s more about the program:
The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.
“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, help with reference questions, and pop-up story times. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles.
“The Bibliocycle gives Boston Public Library the opportunity to serve community members beyond library walls and grow our programs in an engaging and dynamic way,” said Katrina Morse, program organizer and Branch Librarian at the Parker Hill Branch.
The Bibliocycle travels to Government Center, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and more in May and June. The complete schedule of Bibliocycle destinations, including a form where interested organizations may request a visit from the Bibliocycle, can be found at bpl.org/community.
The Bibliocycle checkout limit is 10 items per person. The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns. Patrons will need to visit one of the BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction.