Photo courtesy of Annisha Jeffries
The Cleveland Public Library is introducing a brand new way to check out books this summer: The Book Bike.
The contraption will serve as traveling library, complete with a checkout station, WiFi access, and a display for informational materials.
“When you first see the bike, you would think we had ice cream in it. It looks like one of those old-fashion ice cream trucks,” Annisha Jeffries, CPL’s Youth Services Manager said. “That is the thing that grabs you because you think, ‘Oh they have ice cream, what is it?’ Then we open it, it has two doors, and it unveils this wonderful array of books and technology that is set up as a welcoming library hub.”
The bike will be stocked with best-sellers, children’s books, graphic novels, cookbooks, and more for its summer events. Folks can also look up books in the vast catalog and sign up for library cards.
Jeffries said the Bike is part of the library’s initiative to meet all of the needs of local residents, and she sees the bike as a tool to promote the library’s resources.
“We could stay within these four walls, we could do that, but we really want to go out and promote the library and meet those that have not visited in a while,” Jeffries said.
The Book Bike can carry between 30-40 books, Jeffries said. The rolling library will make its first appearance at Walnut Wednesday on June 27, and is set to make stops at local festivals, parades and Wade Oval Wednesdays throughout the summer.