The Seattle Public Library launched a new pilot program today called Books on Bikes, which sounds exactly like what it is: A small, portable library hitched to the back of a bike.
The trailer is equipped with two shelves and an umbrella stand to protect books from the elements.
“I thought it would be great to combine two things Seattle loves: our libraries and bikes,” explained Jared Mills, the Montlake Branch Librarian who brainstormed the idea (full disclosure: Mills is my hilarious and talented friend. If that sounds like I'm bragging it's because I am bragging).
Throughout the summer, librarians will pedal around to parks, block parties, KEXP concerts at the Mural, and other neighborhood events throughout the city. Each place they go, they'll tailor their shelves to suit the needs of the community: think kids' books for pop-up story time in parks, or gay erotica for the Pride Parade, as well as an array of new and best sellers. Librarians will also be on hand to make book suggestions and sign people up for library cards—basically, they'll provide all the services of a brick-and-mortar library, short of accepting book returns.
If you want to track the Books on Bikes trailer this summer, follow the Seattle Public Library on Twitter, @SPLBuzz.