Libraries go mobile with books on bikes

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and librarians from The Seattle Public Library celebrate the launch of Books on Bikes, the city’s full-service mobile library model // Photo courtesy Seattle Public Library via

GOOD Magazine recently featured a story about librarians around the U.S.–and the world–delivering books to children in so-called “book deserts”: areas without easy access to libraries and reading material.

In Washington, D.C., Soar with Reading installed book vending machines to dispense 100,000 brand-new free books in three locations.

Outside the U.S., Book Bus delivers books to children in Africa, Asia, and South America. So far, the charity has reached over 10,000 kids in Zambia, Malawi, and Ecaudor.

In India, a program called PlanetRead uses Same Language Subtitling (SLS) to subtitle movies or music videos on Indian TV to help weak readers improve their reading skills.

Books on bikes are another creative solution gaining popularity in the U.S. and abroad. The pedal-powered libraries allow librarians to bring books and other library services (digital downloads, magazines) out of the library and into their communities. Books on bikes programs are currently operating in Seattle and San Francisco.

Learn more at GOOD magazine


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