Bicycle Libraries at CicLAvia

Bike Libraries 2016

On Sunday, October 16th CicLAvia came to Boyle Heights. The streets adjacent to Libros Schmibros were closed to cars allowing people to bike and walk the roads freely. Mariachi Plaza was a lively hub on a route that went through Downtown LA to MacArthur Park.

Hundreds visited Libros Schmibros, discovering it for the first time or coming back to visit. We took this opportunity to ride our Bicycle Libraries to Downtown, giving away as many free books and memberships as possible along the way.

Bike Libraries 2016

Bike Libraries, do you want to ride?

Bicycle Libraries are a way to bring the library experience directly to the people. We don’t just give away books, but also engage the community in a dialogue about the value of reading.  Riders select their own books and try to match the people they meet with the right book for them.

Expect more rides to come.  If you like books, bikes and people sign up to become a volunteer rider. Email:

Reading by Moonlight – October 2015

…It’s time for our favorite segment on books we call Reading by Moonlight.

David Kipen of the Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights dropped by to talk about all this and more.

Boo, no audio! - Reading by Moonlight - October 2015No audio this month.

This content originally appeared on KPCC.  View this episode on

If Michael Connelly thinks we’re cool, we’re cool with that . . .

Best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly on Los Angeles - The Guardian 10-27-2014, photograph by AlamyIf the fine LA mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks our Libros Schmibros Lending Library on Mariachi Plaza is cool (and he said so in the Guardian the other day!), who are we to argue? Also co-producer of the great new California-centric jazz documentary Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, Connelly knows from cool.