Kitchener-Waterloo

K-W Book-Mo-Bike more than a little library on wheels

You might see a little library on wheels riding around town this summer. After two years of working together, Liana Kreamer, Meg Harder, Trent Bauman and Juanita Metzger have recently launched the K-W Book-Mo-Bike.

"We want to inspire people to see the creative potential in the Book-Mo-Bike"

Around Waterloo region, many little libraries have been set up for in front of people’s home. This summer however, you may see a little library on wheels riding around town. But it's more than a little library on wheels. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

Around Waterloo region, many little libraries have been set up for in front of people's home.

This summer however, you may see a little library on wheels riding around town.

Liana Kreamer, Meg Harder, Trent Bauman and Juanita Metzger share a mutual love for literacy and cycling. They're the leading force behind the creation of the K-W Book-Mo-Bike project.

After two years of brainstorming and fundraising, the team recently launched the Book-Mo-Bike.

But to them, it's more than just a little library on wheels.

The bright yellow box at the front can hold 118 kilograms worth of books. Once opened it provides three shelves where books or art installations can stand. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

The idea is for the community to use the Book-Mo-Bike not only as a way to exchange books, but also use it as a resource for other activities such as a poetry slams, storytelling or an art workshop.

"Besides being able to share our favourite books with the community, we want to inspire people to see the creative potential in the Book-Mo-Bike and the opportunity to connect with their neighbours and people in the city," Harder said.

The bright yellow box at the front can hold 118 kilograms worth of books. Once opened it provides three shelves where books or art installations can stand.  

From left to right: Meg Harder, Juanita Metzger, Liana Kreamer and Trent Bauman. The team's mutual love for literacy, cycling and the community was the force behind the creation of the K-W Book-Mo-Bike project. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

"It could be a different experience every single time," Kreamer said. "There're so many creative ways that we see the Book-Mo-Bike being used."

Anyone interested can borrow Book-Mo-Bike as long as the event or activity falls under the categories of literacy, cycling or the arts. 

The team also plans to be at different festivals and neighbourhood events throughout the summer for people to get to know the Book-Mo-Bike project.