There are many defining themes of Boston which come as no surprise, really, given it’s deep-rooted history and diverse culture. Two ideas that almost always come to mind, at least for me, is the city’s increased commitment to bike safety and infrastructure, and its world renowned educational institutions. So why not combine the two?
Boston Bikes is teaming up with the Boston Public Library to cycle mobile libraries into our neighborhoods. Aptly dubbed the Bibliocycle, the initiative is reminiscent of the City Hall to Go truck which provides communities with limited access to downtown a way of accessing municipal items.
For example, the Bibliocycle will allow new Bostonians the opportunity to sign up for a library card, to check-out books, to engage with digital offerings and have any reference questions answered.
To give you a better picture of what this Biblicycle will look like, consider this: a bike, a trailer and stack of good reads. Boom. You’re welcome, Boston.
It’ll carry up to 50 written works at a time and include a bevy of genres ranging from new releases and bestsellers to gardening tips and, of course, bike repair how-to’s.
“The Bibliocycle and Storymobile are innovative ways to reimagine libraries, and promote reading and learning across all generations,” said Mayor Walsh. “These services will keep kids reading through the summer and help to prevent summertime learning loss, while expanding library accessibility for adults.”
The Storymobile, of course, is something that dates back 19 years to the thick of the Menino era which is essentially the same thing as the Bibliocycle but geared towards children.
As you’ll see courtesy of the July schedule below, the Bibliocycle will be rolling into farmer’s markets and learning centers throughout Boston. Here’s where you can catch up with it:
- Wednesday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Tierney Learning Center
- Friday, July 11, 4:00-6:00 p.m.—Allston/Harvard Farmer’s Market
- Monday, July 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.—South Boston Farmer’s Market
- Tuesday, July 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.—Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
- Wednesday, July 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.—ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
- Thursday, July 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.—Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
- Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Roslindale Farmer’s Market Bike Day
- Wednesday, July 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.—ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
- Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—Fields Corner Farmer’s Market
- Thursday, July 31, 3:00-5:00 p.m.—Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
A couple things to note before you head down to one of these literary hot spots. Check-out is limited to 10 items per person, which is one fifth of its entire offering at a single time so choose wisely. Borrowed items must also be returned to a branch of the BPL and cannot be submitted to the Bibliocycle. And finally, pay any late fees you might’ve incurred at your local BPL branch as well.