Fargo rolls out new 'Book Bike' mobile library

FARGO -- A new way to enjoy reading is now rolling out to the masses until early fall, thanks to Fargo Public Library. The "Book Bike," built by Worksman Cycles and purchased through Great Northern Bicycle Co., looks more like a tricycle than a b...
Sarah Nelson from the Fargo Public Library talks Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, about the library's new "Book Bike" now hitting the streets of Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO - A new way to enjoy reading is now rolling out to the masses until early fall, thanks to Fargo Public Library.

The "Book Bike," built by Worksman Cycles and purchased through Great Northern Bicycle Co., looks more like a tricycle than a bike, and gives residents of Fargo access to the library in a whole new way.

Sarah Nelson, a references and e-services librarian at the Fargo Public Library, says the Book Bike has been in the works for a while now.

"We keep track of what is going on with libraries nationwide, and it's kind of something a lot of cities are offering now," Nelson says. "We thought it was a cool idea. Also, it was a result of a strategic plan the library had a few months ago. It's a project that came out of that."

While attending events in the community used to mean packing up, transporting and unpacking tables and heavy tubs of books, the Book Bike, with its wooden compartment that unfolds to become a display and drawers that hold more than just books, means the library can now do things where needed. Available services through the bike include the ability to create cards, check out books and learn more about library services and events.

"We are hoping to get out into this community, beyond our library buildings, and reach people who might not know all about the services and resources we have to offer," Nelson says. "And maybe even reach some neighborhoods that may not have as easy access to our buildings as others."

The Book Bike already made its debut at last week's Librarypalooza in Island Park, and it will be on display once again at several upcoming events, including at Pride in the Park at downtown Fargo's Island Park on Saturday, Aug. 11.