(Edited from press release) — Mayor Mike McGinn and librarians from The Seattle Public Library are launching a pilot program, Books on Bikes, to bring Library services to popular community events via bike this summer.

(Edited from press release) — Mayor Mike McGinn and librarians from The Seattle Public Library are launching a pilot program, Books on Bikes, to bring Library services to popular community events via bike this summer.

McGinn joined ten librarians for the inaugural bicycle ride to TOPS K-8 School. The group will arrive at TOPS where a fourth grade class met the mayor and City Librarian Marcellus Turner, heard book talks, got new Library cards and chose from among the many books from the special Books on Bikes trailer.

“This is a great program that will help people access library services wherever they are,” said McGinn. “Books on Bikes will build awareness of library resources, as well as of the health benefits and fun of bike riding.”

Books on Bikes was the inspiration of Montlake Branch Librarian Jared Mills, who submitted the idea to a staff committee for grant funding.

Mills, a Central District resident, said Books on Bikes is a “full-service library model”.

“I’m not aware of any other library that does this,” said Mills. “We will be able to provide people with help on digital downloads as well as offer reading suggestions, have popular new titles available for check-out, provide Library card sign-ups, assist with research and much more.”

“I thought it would be great to combine two things Seattle loves: our libraries and bikes,” he said.

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