What has three wheels, can carry 200 pounds of cargo and has given out thousands of free books?
A book bike.
“My dream is really world domination by book bike, but I will start in Tucson,” Greene said.
This summer, a donation allowed the library to add two more bikes to the fleet. Since the program started, it has delivered delivered almost 35,000 free books to Tucsonans.
Greene said people always ask, “how many can I take?” She responds, “As many as you can read.”
Each of the bikes can hold 200 pounds of books, and the library needs help from the community to fill them. Children’s books, cook books and books in Spanish are in high demand.
There are several places and ways to donate:
The library will host a book drive kick-off party Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library. The event features a bike safety class, crafts and light refreshments.
Books for the book bike program can be dropped off at any Pima County Library branch. Here is a list of locations.
Make an online donation online by putting “bookbike” in the message section of the donation form.
You can also volunteer with the book bike crew. There will be an orientation Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. More information and an application are available online.