2 Wheelin in Tucson

Mar 8, 2012 9:42 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: Tucson's first book bike rolls into town

TUCSON - Karen Greene, who works at the Joyner Green Valley Library, first heard about a book bike in Chicago. Immediately she knew Tucson needed to have one.

"I will say before we got it I was nervous about how heavy it was going to be to pedal, but it's not. It's a dream. It's a dream come true," she said.

The bike holds hundreds of books, is easy to ride, was funded by a grant, and has already traveled to numerous events and parks.

Additionally, all the books are free.

"You get to keep them. You don't have to return them, but if you finish with it, and you happen to be in a place where the book bike is and you want to give it back to the book bike, we'll take it and give it to someone else," Greene continued.

Donna Lewandowski, who coordinates the Pima County Safe Routes to School Program, says there's more to it then just free books.

"The beauty of this is taking it over to Casa Maria Kitchen and over to the Armory Park Senior Center. Those are populations that aren't as mobile--maybe don't get to the library, and they're bringing books out to them."

Matt Zoll, who helps coordinate the volunteers, was amazed by his first experience.

"The books were gone so fast. It was amazing," he said.

For more information on the bike and it's schedule, check out http://www.library.pima.gov/, or call (520) 791-4010 and ask for Karen Greene.

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