Bookbike book drive spreads the love of reading

Donate books Sep 12-30 at Pima County Public Library

(TUCSON, Ariz.) When Librarian on the Move 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 cLibrary Bookbike fleet of three bikesommunity," said Greene.

The Library now has three Bookbikes.

From September 12-30 help spread the love of reading by donating books to the Bookbike program at any Pima County Public Library location.

On Saturday, September 12, 10-11am, 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 that make the program possible. Take a selfie with the two new Bookbikes, stay for the bike safety class at 11:30am, 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 Pima County Public Library Bookbike program has been giving away free books, free reading glasses, bike maps, and information about library programs, literacy programs, and bicycling events at special events and around the community since 2012. Thanks to a generous donor who spotted the Bookbike at the Tucson Festival of Books in 2014, the Library has added two new Bookbikes at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library and the Santa Rosa Library.

Bookbike partners
The Brucker Family, Pima County Bike and Pedestrian Program, Lions Club, Macy's, The Ordinary Bike Shop, ABUS, and Kryptonite

Bookbike stats (Jan 2012-Jun 2015)
-Attended 301 events
-Pedaled 855 miles
-Donated 1,042 volunteer hours
-Greeted and met 33,735 people
-Gave away 34,148 free books

Online donations can be made to the Bookbike program as well.

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