Librarian Shares Her Love of Books with a Bike-powered Mobile Library

In 2013, school librarian Alicia Tapia created Bibliobicicleta, a free, mobile library pulled by bike. Since then, Tapia and Bibliobicicleta have rolled up to San Francisco parks, farmers markets, museums, and beaches to distribute free books and help spread a love of reading.

Bibliobicicleta holds around 100 books, including selections for people of all ages, lifestyles, and interests. It attracts attention wherever it goes.

"Of course, kids are a little more brave to just approach the bike,” Tapia told GOOD, “but adults—if they're not too cool—will stop and see what it's all about.”

Pulling Bibliobicicleta up and down the hills of San Francisco is no easy task. It’s hard work going up hills and unsafe coming down them. Tapia recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to buy an electric bicycle to help navigate the city streets and expand the range of Bibliobicicleta. With three days to go, she has raised $1,500 of her $1,100 goal.

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