In May, 2014, the Library debuted yet another way to bring reading to the community -- the BookCycle! Funded through a generous start-up and ongoing grant from the Friends of the Longmont Library and built by Pedal Positive in Englewood, CO, the BookCycle quickly became a community favorite. The BookCycle is a tricycle with a two-wheeled storage container attached to the back. The container operates as a mini-library, storing up to 50 books and allowing patrons to check them out wherever the bike visits. You can even get a library card from the BookCycle.
After staff struggled to power the BookCycle around town during its first summer, CAN'd Aid, the "do-gooding arm" of local brewer Oskar Blues, stepped in and donated money for an electronic power-assisted motor for the bike as well as additional staff funding for the initiative. Now, more staff are able to participate in BookCycle outreach -- reaching more areas of our community and getting more books into the hands of happy readers! Although often associated with the Children's and Teens' library section because of its playful appearance, the BookCycle also serves and is equally popular with adults.
The BookCycle quickly became a regular feature at the Longmont Farmer's Market, First Friday Walks on Main Street, Concerts in the Park at Roosevelt Park, exhibition openings at the Longmont Museum, and many other local events. Librarians ride the BookCycle to local schools to promote literacy and learning all year long, and during the summers, you can spot the BookCycle at local parks where free lunches are provided to children. In fact, just during the summer of 2017, our librarians connected with more than 5000 children. Get a look at the BookCycle for yourself -- it's usually parked in the West lobby of the Library.
The BookCycle Is On The Move Again This Summer!
¡Cuentos y Cultivos!/Farmstand Storytimes
- Last Sunday of the Month during Summer, 12 to 2 pm at Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St.
- The BookCycle will roll up to the Farmstand at Ollin Farms and out will pop Miss Amy to read books, sing songs, etc! These are bilingual storytimes and fun for the whole family.
- Each month will have a different theme.
- No registration required.
The Library Supports the Summer Community Free Lunch Program
- Mondays through Thursdays, June 4 through July 26 (no programs on July 4 and 5)
- Through a grant, the City provides free lunches and fun activities for children and families at locations across Longmont on Mondays through Thursdays during the months of June and July. The Library supports this program by visiting some of the lunch sites with library staff and materials. We'll be bringing storytimes, songs, and early literacy activities!
- Locations include Countryside Village, Roth Rock Dell Park, Kanemoto Park, Carr Park, and the Youth Center.
- Look for the Library's BookCycle every Monday at Countryside Village from 11 am to 1 pm, and every Thursday at Roth Rock Dell from 12 to 12:45 pm.
- On Wednesdays, a librarian will be at Kanemoto Park from 11 to 11:45 am and at Carr Park from 12 to 12:45 pm.
- Get complete information on the free lunch program, in English and Spanish, here.
All BookCycle appearances are weather-dependent. Registration is not required for any BookCycle appearances.
The BookCycle is usually parked in the Library's West Lobby. Stop in and have a look!
Mayor Dennis Coombs took the inaugural ride on the new BookCycle in May 2014!
Heading out for the Halloween Parade, October 2014!
Wait! That's not a real chicken! It's Children's Librarian Miss Amy!