Watch for the Heights Libraries Book Bike this summer

Book Bike, a sustainable approach to library outreach, will be at area festivals this summer.

Heights Libraries has a fun new way to reach the community this summer—the Book Bike! The Book Bike, a gift from the Friends of the Heights Libraries, will make appearances at festivals, parades and school events this summer and will be stocked with donated or canceled library books to  give away.  Volunteers from the Heights Bicycle Coalition will operate the bike, along with Heights Libraries staff members.

“It’s a great way to promote literacy in a very personal, targeted way,” said Sam Lapides, the library’s special projects coordinator. “We will tailor the books we bring and the outreach we do to our destination and audience, whether it be a school event, a visit to a senior center, or a concert at Cain Park.”

And because the Book Bike is people-powered, it promotes sustainability and literacy at the same time.

“The Book Bike is just the latest way Heights Libraries is helping the environment,” said Nancy Levin, library director. “The most basic library activities are, by definition, sustainable: we share books, DVDs, CDs, Playaways, magazines, puppets, games and computers, and we renovate our existing buildings instead of building new.”

Watch for the Book Bike this summer. If you are interested in arranging a visit from the Book Bike, contact Sam Lapides at 216-932-3600.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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