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Human-Powered, Mini-Mobile Libraries Roll Out In Yolo County


The Yolo County and Woodland Public Libraries have a new fleet of human-powered mini-mobile libraries.

Book Bikes are standard bicycles with a custom trailer filled with books and equipped with free Wifi so people can sign up for library cards.

“Anyone without a computer  people are sort of isolated," says Yolo County Librarian Dana Christie. "There are still a lot of people without internet access or for that matter transportation access, so in order to provide those without with the same services as people who can come to the library bringing the Bookbike out there helps fill that need.”
The bikes have already been around to low-income housing complexes in Yolo County and will be showing up at farmer's markets early next month.
Christie says it's an exciting way to expand access to information and books beyond the walls of the library.

“Davis is a very bike friendly town and there are a lot of people in town who can’t get to the library, either because they don’t have transportation or they’re disabled so we decided it would be nice to bring the library to them.”

Melody Stone

Former Interactive Producer

After working in newspapers and doing print journalism for years, Melody transitioned into digital marketing and design. With a healthy blend of journalistic and digital media skills she builds out interactive web stories for Capradio.org.  Read Full Bio 

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