Oak Park’s Book Bike (nicknamed the Paperback Rider) gives people access to the library outside of the three brick-and-mortar buildings. Visits to schools, apartment residences, neighborhood parks, block parties, local businesses, and summer camps happen all around town (weather permitting) each April through October.

The Oak Park Public Library’s bike was originally funded by generous donations to the library’s Fallon Family Fund, a dedicated endowment managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation that was established to help deliver cutting-edge initiatives and resources for all of our community’s children. Library staff members who have been trained to safely operate the bike, pedal it to scheduled community events and outreach locations. The bike’s cargo hold is stocked with relevant materials—cookbooks and gardening manuals at the Farmers’ Market, for example, and children’s books at area park and daycare storytimes.

For a past summer’s block party visit, an Oak Park family requested that Braille books be included for their young son, who is visually impaired. “Having Braille books would enable him to be included in this fun event with our neighbors,” the resident wrote. Happily, the library was able to stock the bike with Braille books, including one on trains and buses—the boy’s favorites—and the family checked out every one.

Learn more about the bike at oppl.org/bike, and more about giving to the library’s endowment funds at oppl.org/give.

Oak Park Public Library
(708) 383-8200

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