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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto City Library Launches Bike PALS Mobile Services
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Palo Alto City Library Branch Manager    (650) 463-4961
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto Library is on the move, thanks to the purchase of two bikes that are bringing mobile book check-outs and other popular services directly to the community. Dubbed Bike PALS (Palo Alto Library Services), the library bikes had a soft launch in August after grant money made the new program possible. 

The Palo Alto Library was awarded $12,500 from the Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant, and received an additional $2,500 donation from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library to purchase the bikes and start the program. One bike resembles an ice cream cart, and carries library and craft materials, as well as pop-up storytime equipment. The other bike is a traditional 3-speed with a large basket up front to carry library supplies, including a map of suggested safe routes to the City's five library branches. 

"Part of the goals and objectives for Bike PALS is to educate customers about library services that are available to them wherever they are, bring services to people who can’t come to the library to get them, and to hear from the community about other interests where the library may be able to assist," said Christine Pennington, Youth Services Librarian.   

Along with the mobile library services, educational library programs on bike safety and maintenance are planned, as well as bicycle repair stations that will be placed at the Rinconada and Mitchell Park Libraries.

“Libraries around the Bay Area have experimented with a variety of services related to bicycling. Palo Alto, a hub of bicycle transportation goals, appreciates the generosity of the Friends’ donation and the Innovation Grant to build on a successful model,” said Jenny Jordan, Library Manager of Youth Services.

Look for your Palo Alto librarians on bicycles at Friends of the Library Book Sales, at the Farmers’ Markets, school events, City events, and more. 

Here’s a schedule of the Bike PALS upcoming appearances:

Friday, Sept. 9 – Magical Bridge Summer Music Concert, 6-9p.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 10 – Canopy Tree Walk, 9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – FOPAL Sale, 11a.m.-2 p.m. 

Wednesday, Sept. 14 – City Hall Health Fair, 11:30a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16 – Moonlight Run, 5-10 p.m. 

Monday, Sept. 19 – Paly High Club Day 

Sunday, Sept. 25 – CA Ave Farmer’s Market, 8a.m.-12p.m.  

Follow the library on Facebook (@PaloAltoCityLibrary) and Twitter (@PaloAltoLibrary) to see where the Library Bike PALS will be next. 

For more information, check out the Palo Alto City Library website: