Maplewood Library Introduces New Book Bike in Memory of Danny Ives

by The Village Green
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From the Maplewood Library:

Maplewood Library is proud to announce the launch of their new Book Bike, the latest concept in mobile libraries. A ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 am in front of the Hilton Branch, at 1688 Springfield Ave.

Funded by the Maplewood Library Foundation and Fringe Collaborative, the Book Bike was purchased in Memory of Danny Ives, to honor his life and his devotion to the community. Ives, the owner of the Maplewood Bike Shed, died in a motorcycle accident in 2020. 

The idea for the Book Bike originated with Librarians Emily Witkowski and Robert Nealon, conceived as a way to serve patrons at some of the gathering places near the library and at community events.

Earth-friendly and human-powered, book bikes have been bringing books and services to communities in America since 2008. Says Irene Langlois, Head of Community Outreach Services, “We’re looking forward to serving the community in new and exciting ways, increasing awareness of library services and attracting new patrons.”

Taking the library out into the community breaks down barriers to access and helps get books right into peoples’ hands. Look for the Maplewood Library Book Bike at Springfield Avenue area events beginning in the spring. Step right up and get a library card, check out a book, or just say hi.

Danny Ives at Maplewood Bike Shed in 2020


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