Monday, August 3rd kicks off the first ever National Book Bike Week!
If you have been to PPL within the past few weeks you may have noticed a reddish-orange box attached to a bicycle on display in the south entrance lobby. That is the PPL Book Bike! Friends of the Plymouth Public Library purchased the bicycle in 2017. Library staff rides the PPL Book Bike to various events around town to meet with the public and share library information. The bicycle has a large cabinet that is able to be opened once parked, and inside it can house dozens of books, pamphlets, other information, and library related goodies.
Gabriel Levinson is most often cited as founding the present-day Book Bike movement. In 2008, Levinson began riding a custom-built book-tricycle through parks around Chicago, handing out free books to passersby. Levinson wanted to spread his love of reading with strangers, and help them build their own personal collections. In his first two years of operating the book-tricycle he handed out over 3,000 books to Chicagoans! The word about Book Bikes spread, and they started appearing around the country in 2008, and have steadily grown in popularity ever since. Large cities such as Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles, all have Book Bike “fleets” that roam the city, delivering library material and information to patrons.
“Our goal of getting a book bike was to provide more of an outreach to our community,” said Angela Resendez, Marketing Coordinator at PPL. “We have had a lot of fun taking the bike around our community to meet the public. It is definitely a conversation starter when people spot the brightly colored box attached to the bicycle or the large PPL flag flying on the back of it.”
To celebrate the inaugural National Book Bike Week, PPL is doing a few special events the week of August 3rd.
“On August 3rd, 5th, and 7th at 1:00 p.m., the PPL Book Bike will be visiting 3 different downtown Plymouth locations,” said Resendez. “These locations are being treated as a kind of ‘Pop-Up’ shop. We will be there for an hour, so make sure you keep an eye out and look for us. The PPL Book Bike will have a spinning wheel that the public can spin for a chance to win PPL Swag.”
“We are designating August 4th and 6th as ‘Ride Your Bike to the Library’ days,” continued Resendez. “If you ride your bike to the library, let us know once you come inside and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a PPL related prize basket.”
Whether visiting the PPL Book Bike when it is downtown, or riding your own bike to the actual library, PPL asks that you follow pandemic protocols. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing when possible. This request is being made not only for the safety of PPL staff, but the general public as well.
“Get on your bikes and come out and see us!” ended Resendez.
See you at the library – and around town!