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LPL Rolls Out New BiblioBike

The Lafayette Public Library is debuting its new pedal-powered mobile library – the BiblioBike! This eco-friendly tricycle brings library resources in a new and exciting way to public venues in the community. As a new point of service engagement tool, it gives the library the agility to bring library services to places where locals tend to congregate, such as festivals, parades, playgrounds and other locations.

The BiblioBike is stocked with library resources such books, program information and library cards. Its onboard collection of materials and information can be tailored to fit the needs of any outreach opportunity and community event that the bike visits. Equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, it provides instant access to free ebooks, online resources and databases. Plus, the new mini-library on wheels promotes both literacy and physical fitness.

Book bikes have been around since 2008. The first book bike was the creation of Gabriel Levinson of Chicago, IL. He would ride is custom-built Haley book tricycle through Chicago parks handing out free books to residents. In 2010, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) formed a partnership with Levinson and the book bike became an official CPL library service.

The BiblioBike has been made possible by the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library. It is masterfully wrapped in the art of Cayla Mattea Zeek, a local artist that recently designed the 2018 limited-edition library art card that is being offered at all nine branches. Inspired by Louisiana landscapes and scenes using local flora and fauna, the artist states, “I wanted to use wildlife specific to our region, with little books planted within the scenery.”

We believe the BiblioBike will help us serve the community in a new and exciting way, reaching patrons where they least expect it. As with the upcoming electric car charging stations that are being installed at the West Regional Library in Scott, the BiblioBike encourages sustainability.

*Photo: Local artist Cayla Zeek designed the art wrap featured on the BiblioBike.

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