This evening’s ride to The Salvation Army will be the seventh Bibliobike delivery of the summer. Future dates, times and addresses are under the DELIVERY SCHEDULE heading on the right side of the homepage. If you’re on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Logically, turnout last year was sporadic when the temperature hovered in the upper nineties or higher. Some days, two sweaty kids braved the heat for books. On milder afternoons, many more walked away with summer reads. So the haunting question throughout this year has been how to give away more books.
When homeroom teachers around Clarke County were given the Summer Food Service Program flyers to send home before school let out, the issue of low turnout during Bibliobike deliveries was potentially solved. The plan is to arrive when lunches are being distributed. Before or after kids and families get their meals, they will also be able to grab some books.
I toured the Broadacres, Rocksprings and Lay Park neighborhoods on May fifth to get a feel for resident density and find routes that minimize the number of hills. I snapped some photos, and if the ones above are any indication of the need for books in these communities, it’s going to be a successful summer.
As of Thursday, I’ve made initial visits to this summer’s three donation spots, so the delivery schedule is now set. Check the widget on the right side of the homepage for delivery locations and times (or scroll to the bottom of the page, if you’re on a mobile device).