Meet Spoke-n-words, Madison Public Library's bicycle-powered micro library!
Public libraries from Seattle, Wash. to Rochester, Minn. are using ‘book bikes’ as a way to expand their reach in neighborhoods without nearby libraries. Visitors to Madison Public Library's Spoke-n-words will have the ability to sign up for a library card, check out books, attend storytimes, and work on participatory art projects throughout the city.
“The Spoke-n-words initiative gives Madison Public Library an intimate way to connect with communities around the city. Our library wants to meet residents of all ages in their own neighborhoods and provide them with rich, surprising library experiences,” said Michael Spelman, program organizer and Central Library Manager. “We are eager to hear about community needs and aspirations so we can better serve the public, especially from people who are currently underserved.”
The Spoke-n-words trailer was designed by John Edwards and fabricated by Badger Diversified Metals, with a custom graphic wrap designed by Art & Sons. The bike that will power the vehicle was custom built by Revolution Cycles.
The bicycle, trailer and associated programming were funded through grants from BMO Harris Bank, Madison Rotary Foundation, and Dane County Bicycle Association, secured by Madison Public Library Foundation.
Spoke-n-words in the News
- Official Press Release
- Madison Public Library to Debut Spoke-n-words Micro Library (Capital Times, 9/10/2015)
- Mobile Library Pedals Through Madison (WKOW TV, 9/10/2015)