DPL Connect: Denver's very own pedal-powered mobile library!

The bike also has a mobile wi-fi hotspot

 
Over the past few months, the Denver Public Library has been developing a new service to connect the library to the community outside of their physical locations. 

 

They wanted to take their services to the streets and to meet you where you are -- in the neighborhoods, at community events, in the parks, the coffee shops, the skate parks, concerts, farmer's markets and more.

 

They are very proud to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot. 

 

DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. The tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).

 

The librarian riding DPL Connect, armed with a tablet and an internet connection, will provide traditional library services, helping customers with digital downloads (eBooks, audio books, and digital magazines), offering reading suggestions, assisting with research and registering new customers for library cards. Down the road, they're working on DPL Connect's ability to operate as a full-service library, complete with the ability to check out materials. In the meantime, they'll be giving away featured books for people to read and hopefully share with others. 

 

Schedule

August 7, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 16th Street Mall Garden Block (between Curtis and Champa)

August 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Civic Center Eats (amongst the food trucks - Broadway & 14th Street)

August 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m | VIVA Streets (Berkeley Regis Neighborhood - Tennyson St. & W 46th Ave.)

September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | La Alma Block Party (Sante Fe & Kalamath)

September 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Tour de Fat (City Park)

September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Bike-in Movie series at Civic Center Park

September 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Project Homeless Connect (Denver Convention Center)

September 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Washington Park

October 5, 2 - 4 p.m. | Star Wars Reads Day (Central Library)

October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Fall Fair on East Colfax
 

Visit us at these stops or follow us on Twitter / like us on Facebook for updates on the bike's whereabouts. And keep your eyes peeled throughout the fall as we plan to hit up more parks and farmer's markets around Denver. See you there!