Poudre River Public Libraries are always working to improve their services and their reach in order to promote literacy in the community. And now, we have a new idea: the Book Pedal-er!
We Fort Collinites love our bikes, and our books, so what better combination is there?
Now, to some of you, this may seem like an out-there idea, but it has been successful in other places. In Seattle, their “Books on Bikes” program is a huge success. “It’s a really great way to tap into communities that feel they’re not being served,” says librarian Jared Mills (source), “and also, you know, a lot of millennials that traditionally may not be coming into our branches.”
If you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, Denver’s “DPL Connect” program has also been a hit!
Book Pedal-er is an outreach effort that is important to Poudre River Public Libraries because it brings library staff out from behind the desk to where you are. We know that it has been successful in other communities, and we know that it will be a strong investment in this community. We strive to create an environment where innovation is encouraged, to provide services to meet the needs of a digital future, and to ensure the library’s stability and environmental responsibility, and the Book Pedal-er project is exactly that!
To do this, we will need a hybrid bike, a locally manufactured book trailer, bike helmet, tablet with wifi access for book checkouts, new cards or library information, a wifi mobile hotspot with a year’s worth of coverage, flag to let people know who we are, and a new collection of the bestselling paperbacks for adults, teens, and kids!
Unfortunately, we don’t have the budget for this great project, which is why we’re asking you to donate and help make it come to life!
A Generous Super Hero donor is offering a $2,000 matching grant if we can raise the other $3,000.
We only have 10 more days to reach our funding goal! So please donate, even if it’s only $5.
Find out how you can be a partner is this wonderful outreach literacy project, go to www.PoudreLibraries.org and scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “Support This Project” this link will take you to the Community Funded website where you can donate through your Pay Pal account!