About the Dream Bus
The Dream Bus is a mobile library that visits a dozen locations throughout the Madison area five days a week year round. At the Dream Bus, patrons can get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi.
The Dream Bus began delivering service in April of 2019. Madison Public Library, in partnership with Dane County Library Service and Madison Public Library Foundation, recognized that many Madison-area communities experienced barriers to accessing library services. The Dream Bus is a joint effort by all three organizations to alleviate those barriers.
The bus is 32 feet long, holds about 2,700 items that are shelved on each side of the bus with room for bench seating on either side and at the back of the bus. The collection ranges from children’s movies to Spanish picture books to adult non-fiction.
UPDATE: During the summer of 2020, The Dream Bus has a more limited route and schedule due to COVID-19.
In the Community
Access to transportation is one of the biggest hurdles to library access for many Madison families. The Dream Bus faces this challenge head on by meeting people where they are.
Madison Public Library is also committed to alleviating some of the financial burdens that can interfere with library access. This means staff have more flexibility with outstanding library fines than most locations. Not to mention there are no late fees on items checked out from the Dream Bus!
You can read more about how the Dream Bus Library has affected the neighborhoods it visits by reading the Dream Bus 2020 Impact Story.
Rodney Lambright II
A cartoon explosion of ideas bursting from the pages of an open book is painted on the Dream Bus. The artist behind this colorful wrap is Rodney Lambright II, an alum of the Bubbler Artist-in-Residence program at Madison Public Library.
Rodney Lambright II is an illustrator, animator, and writer whose main focus is storytelling. Rodney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art and Communication Arts (TV, Radio, and Film) but would still consider most of the skills he’s obtained as an artist as self taught. He says school served more as a place that sparked his mind to further investigate his craft. Currently he works as an Animator and Producer at Wisconsin Public Television, where he has worked on several animated shorts, documentaries, and, more recently, video games. He has always gravitated to cartoons, using them as a vehicle to express honest narratives that expand beyond the reality that we see in front of us.