When I was growing up, back to school time ushered in the bookmobile to my block. Once a week, the local library would load books into a van and bring them to the families in my neighborhood. The community kids would line up waiting for the bookmobile to make its appearance. Once inside, the van was lined with books and the librarian was always available to help. If you wanted a specific book, all you needed to do was ask and next week the librarian would have that book behind the counter with your name on it. The bookmobile was a good thing.
Spotted on the Springwise site, the Institute of Green Mobility in Brazil has found a simple solution to bringing books to disadvantaged areas. Bicicloteca, is a tricycle that functions as a mobile library.
The tricycle was created to bring books to homeless people. The books are delivered to those living in areas with no access to a library, or those who cannot afford to buy books. It serves as a lightweight mode of transportation, able to navigate village squares and hard to reach places. The trike doesn’t require a driver’s license and it does not generate any fuel costs. The books are received by donation and stamped to remind the reader to pass them on. Thus, creating a continuous cycle of reading.
Bicicloteca promotes a green solution, encourages reading and collaborates with the needs of communities. Does the library in your community extend beyond its doors?
Photo Credit: Springwise