Airdrie Public Library Brings Back Book Bike Initiative –

Airdrie Public Library (APL) is bringing back the Book Bike Initiative for its second year in hopes of bringing the library to more Airdronians.

Eric Pottie, head of programming and customer engagement for APL, describes the initiative as a bicycle-powered contextual library. The bike pulls a peddler’s cart full of books, turning the APL mobile.

The bike allows people to join the library and take the materials that the bike has on site. It also allows community members to get to know the library and engage with it on the go.

Pottie and the employees working on the bike hope to help people who might be deterred from going to the Main Street library to continue to be involved with the library by being accessible to the public at many events.

Pottie recounted a member they had last year, who told them they had been community members for 10 years and always intended to come to the library, but would remember always about the closing of the library. Thanks to the Book Bike, they were finally able to register.

Last year, the bike rode for two months and engaged with over 900 people with approximately 90 library card sign-ups and over 100 books borrowed from the community.

They are already rapidly closing in on last year’s numbers and hope to surpass them by the end of the month.

Some of the events they have covered so far with The Book Bike include Airdrie Pride, The Childrens Festival and the Farmers Market, their main stop, every Wednesday.

The Book Bike Initiative’s plan is to continue through September, weather permitting.

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Angela C. Hale