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Bicycle Bookmobile Debuts

Madison Public Library has a new mini-library on wheels that's available to bring library materials to residents citywide.

Named “Spoke-n-words,” the bookmobile was unveiled Sept. 10 at a State Street business event. Visitors to Spoke-n-words will have the ability to sign up for a library card, check out books, attend story times and work on participatory art projects.

Madison Public Library Foundation secured grants from BMO Harris Bank, Madison Rotary Foundation and Dane County Bicycle Association for the bicycle, trailer and associated programming. 

“The Spoke-n-words initiative gives Madison Public Library an intimate way to connect with communities around the city,” said Michael Spelman, the program’s organizer, who also manages Central Library. “Our library wants to meet residents of all ages in their own neighborhoods and provide them with rich, surprising library experiences. We are eager to hear about community needs and aspirations so we can better serve the public, especially people who are currently underserved.”

Visit to find out when Spoke-n-words will make its next appearance.

"Spoke-n-words" is the name given to Madison Public Library's new bicycle bookmobile.

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