OPL Embraces Pedal Power

Omaha Public Library unveiled its Book Bike in early August 2014.

The custom-built bike, complete with book trailer stocked with books to borrow and give away, was funded through the Omaha Public Library Foundationopens a new window and was crafted by Omaha Bicycle Co.opens a new window It marries reading, fitness and eco-consciousness, and offers a variation to traditional bookmobile services by delivering books, information, library cards, and so much more to the community. It’s also a Wi-Fi hot spot and is equipped with an iPad to register people for library cards, and to instruct on how to download eBooks.

“This is our environmentally-friendly way to get out and repurpose that traditional bookmobile,” Emily Getzschman said on the Morning Blendopens a new window (video below).

Post-unveiling, each outlet spun the story in a creative fashion. Omaha World-Heraldopens a new window called the bike a library on wheels and a library with handlebars, WOWTopens a new window noted it’s a modern take on the old bookmobile, and KMTVopens a new window said it’s taking reading to the streets. All are fun and accurate descriptions.

The bike has been met with favorable reviews, and fans have spoken. Lori on Facebookopens a new window said, “Beautiful way to combine two of my favorite things!” Ann shared, “So it’s totally rad. Or should I say read?” On Twitter Roz shared “Books + bikes = my favorite thing.”

Look for the Book Bike rolling along at a street fair, parade, festival, park, outdoor concert, or other community event near you.

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