- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Lawrence Public Library is introducing a new book bike to bring its books and programming to the community.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1UxRKQT ) reports that the library recently unveiled the bike. Staff members hope that the bike will enable the library to reach more people by visiting locations that are not as accessible for the library’s book van.

Pattie Johnston with the library’s outreach services department said the library sees the bike, nicknamed Freddy, being used to also spread information about library programs and services.

“The box opens up and we can have a display, we can have books, any kind of programming that we want to do out of that box,” Johnston said. “Eventually our hope is to have it maybe down at the park or downtown, on the street itself, and have people be able to check things out from there and get information about the services that we have.”

Johnston said one of the first places the library took the bike was a Headstart preschool for a short program delivered by a children’s storyteller.

The bicycle has a red custom-made box with the library’s logo that opens into shelving. A regular schedule and staffing for the bike has not been set yet.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com


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