Tempe Book Bike

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Tempe Public Library's Book Bike Program will connect with communities outside the library doors providing books, library cards, and information about city programs and services.

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Tempe Book Bike


In October 2017 Tempe Public Library hit the streets with the Tempe Book Bike.  

Everyone should have access to books, but not everyone can get to the library. Now Tempe Book Bike is bringing the books to the community.

How it works

The Tempe Book Bike travels around the city providing books available for check out, library cards, and information on library and city services. The bike targets underserved populations by visiting community centers, parks, and riding the streets of Tempe. Book Bike ambassadors connect with people, build strong community ties, and encourage literacy.

Underserved communities

Though the Tempe Book Bike will serve everyone, a special emphasis will be placed on Tempe veterans, seniors, and the city’s homeless population.  The mobile nature of the Book Bike helps to break down barriers that can often keep people from visiting the library or other city facilities.

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Sean King

Sean King

Book Bike Ambassador
Sean will be the Tempe Book Bike rider, sharing books and resources throughout Tempe. Sean is a Marine Veteran with experience facilitating outreach programs Valley wide.
Contact: sean_king@tempe.gov

Nick Escalante

Nick Escalante

Tempe Book Bike Grant Project Administrator
Tempe Book Bike is made possible through the LSTA grant program, administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. Nick will be responsible for coordinating all operational aspects of the grant project.
Contact: nicholas_escalante@tempe.gov

Interested in volunteering?

The library is seeking enthusiastic individuals to assist library staff in the administration of their Book Bike program. The position will be focused on applicants with strong interpersonal skills and experience working with children, adults, and senior citizens of diverse populations and social/economic backgrounds. Interested parties should be able to ride a bicycle up to five (5) miles at a time.

Please send a City of Tempe volunteer application to volunteer@tempe.gov.

Programs & Events


Tempe First United Methodist Church Shower Program

Tempe Book Bike will visit the Tempe First shower program regularly this spring.
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March 16
March 23
March 30
April 6
April 20
April 27
May 4


Upcoming Book Bike Appearances

State Farm Tempe Complex
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Clark Park Farmers Market

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mill Ave
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Tour de Tempe
Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tempe Adult Day Care Health Services
Friday, April 13, 2018

Clark Park Farmers Market

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Mill Ave
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tempe Adult Day Care Health Services
Friday, May 11, 2018


Would you like the Book Bike to make an appearance at your Tempe event or business?
Apply here.

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Thank you to our partners

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