Winter Park Library Book Bike Gains Award Recognition and Resumes Appearances Throughout Winter Park Community
The Winter Park Book Bike Relaunched This Month! The Winter Park Library is proud to announce that not only has our Book Bike relaunched at events within the Winter Park Community, but it also recently won an award.
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) recognized the Winter Park Library Book Bike with the “2021 Book Bike Community Impact Award” on August 16, 2021. This award is presented annually to a library, department, or an individual who has provided exemplary library book bike service to their community.
When the Winter Park Library wanted to take library personnel and services out into the community where busy residents don’t always have time to stop in to the building, a Book Bike was an easy solution. The Book Bike was donated from a local Eagle Scout, Joey Cocchiarella, and was built specially to carry books. This mobile library on wheels has been a popular addition at community events throughout Winter Park. Community Outreach Librarian and Book Bike operator, Mikayla Miller shares, “While my journey is just beginning, the Winter Park Library’s Book Bike has brought joy to Winter Park citizens and visitors alike for many years. It is an absolute delight to bike the cobbled streets of downtown, receiving waves and smiles on my way to programs and events.”
In just under a month of resuming operation after a year of pause, the Book Bike has made appearances at local events including Winter Park Rocks, Music in the Park, Popcorn Flicks in the Park, Winter Park Farmers' Market and many more to come.
Mikayla went on to note, “This unique and special opportunity reaches new patrons; bringing the gift of learning, community, and fun to everyone we happen to meet. Whether we are connecting people to our amazing online materials, giving away free books to kids, or providing access with a new library card, our book bike is an integral resource for engaging and strengthening our community.”
The Winter Park Library looks forward to more opportunities to offer library services to the community outside the four walls of the library building and the Book Bike offers the perfect chance to do so. We are also grateful to The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services for recognizing the incredible work we have done throughout the community utilizing our library on wheels. #WPReads