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!
The Library Supports the Summer Community Free Lunch Program
- Mondays through Thursdays, June 3 through July 25 (no program on July 4)
- 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 on the BookCycle!
- Lunch locations include Countryside Village, Roth Rock Dell Park, Kanemoto Park Wading Pool, Carr Park, and the Longmont Youth Center.
- Look for the Library's BookCycle at:
- Countryside Village, 1400 S. Emery St., every Monday from June 3 through July 22, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and
- Rothrock Dell Park, 750 E. 5th Ave. on Thursday, June 20 and July 18, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
- The library program at Countryside Village will be bilingual.
- Get complete information on the free lunch program, in English and Spanish, here.
The BookCycle is usually parked in the Library's West Lobby. Stop in and have a look!
Then-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 Amy!