(TUCSON, Ariz.) From September 12-30, help spread the love of reading by donating books to the Bookbike program at any Pima County Public Library location.
When librarian Karen Greene launched the Bookbike program three years ago with one Bookbike, she had a specific goal. "We reach out to people where they are meeting, gathering, and hanging out to encourage them to come to the Library. But ultimately, it’s all about getting free books out to the community," said Greene.
Pima County Public Library now has three Bookbikes taking donated books to underserved communities.
On Saturday, September 12, 10am-12:30pm, Eckstrom-Columbus Library is hosting a book drive kick-off party with County Supervisor Ramón Valadez, former County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, Library Director Melinda Cervantes, and the Bookbike partners and volunteers who make the program possible. Take a selfie with the two new Bookbikes, stay for the bike safety class at 11:30am, make some bookmarks with us, and get a chance to win a free U-lock. Bring a book to donate if you can. Light refreshments will be served.
Children’s books, books in Spanish, and cookbooks are popular Bookbike materials, but any new and gently-used books that are donated will be accepted. Paperbacks are preferred because they are easier and lighter to pack in the Bookbikes. Take a look at the Bookbike in action.
The original Bookbike, which is located at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, has been by giving away free books, free reading glasses, bike maps, and information about library programs, literacy programs, and bicycling events since 2012. Thanks to a generous donor who spotted the Bookbike at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2014, the Library added two new Bookbikes at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library and the Santa Rosa Library this summer.
The Bookbikes ride out in the neighborhoods that the three libraries serve, making monthly visits to the Santa Cruz Farmer's Market, the Lalo Guerrero Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing complex, Casitas on East Broadway, the EON Youth Lounge, Armory Park Senior Center, Sister Jose's Women's Shelter, and the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Book donations come from the general public, the Friends of the Pima County Public Library, the Friends of Oro Valley Public Library, Bookmans, and the Library.
The Brucker Family, the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, Lions Club, Macy's, the Ordinary Bike Shop, ABUS, and Kryptonite
Bookbike stats (Jan 2012-Aug 2015)
-Attended 313 events
-Pedaled 896 miles
-Donated 1,073 volunteer hours
-Greeted and met 34,161 people
-Gave away 34,780 free books
Bookbike volunteer orientation
Saturday, September 19, 8:30-9:30am
We’re Pima County Public Library. For more than 100 years, we have been about people just like you. Today, at 27 libraries, online, or out in the community, our dedicated staff and volunteers are always looking ahead to help you find what you’re looking for. Every day we’re making our mission a reality by educating, inspiring, and connecting people.