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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In October 2017 Tempe Public Library will 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book Bike Launch Party
Tempe Community Complex (Tempe Public Library Plaza)
October 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Join the Tempe Public Library, Mayor Mark Mitchell, Vice Mayor Robin Arredondo-Savage, and Council Members Kolby Granville and Lauren Kuby in the official launch of the Tempe Book Bike program. Snacks provided courtesy of Donut Parlor.
Other Book Bike Appearances
Friday, November 3, 2017
Tempe Center for the Arts
Hayden's Ferry Days
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Would you like the Book Bike to make an appearance at your Tempe event?