May 4, 2018

Books on bikes

LA Mag - Ednita Kelly isn’t your typical “disruptor.” The 36-year-old Carson native has spent the past decade working in a library, not in tech, so heads turned when Eric Garcetti declared her the 2015 recipient of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award late last year. City Hall recognized Kelly for launching the Book Bike, a custom-built, book-toting three-wheeler she rides near the San Pedro branch where she works, issuing library cards and handing out free books and magazines on the go. “The point,” says Kelly, “is to provide a positive interaction with the library and to remind people to come in. We’re still here and have something for you.” The $4,000 vehicle, which can transport up to 250 pounds of literature and doubles as a pop-up athenaeum, has made Kelly something of a local celebrity. “I get stopped on the street,” she says. “People yell out from their cars. Other bicyclists wave. People say, ‘You have ice cream in there?’ And I say, ‘No, I have books!’?”

Enthusiasm for the concept is on a roll: S

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