DPL Connect: Denver's very own pedal-powered mobile library!
We are super stoked to introduce what we came up with: DPL Connect -- a pedal-powered mobile library and wi-fi hotspot.
DPL Connect will make its inaugural ride at its official launch on Wednesday, August 7 on 16th Street Mall. Our tricked-out trike will provide free wireless internet access and will be stocked with a rotating collection of books tailored to the bike's location (i.e. cookbooks and urban farming for farmer's markets, bike repair and Denver maps for bike trails, etc).
The librarian riding DPL Connect, armed with a tablet and an internet connection, will provide traditional library services, helping customers with digital downloads (eBooks, audio books, and digital magazines), offering reading suggestions, assisting with research and registering new customers for library cards. Down the road, we're working on DPL Connect's ability to operate as a full-service library, complete with the ability to check out materials. In the meantime, we'll be giving away featured books for people to read and hopefully share with others!
August 7, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 16th Street Mall Garden Block (between Curtis and Champa)
August 8, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Civic Center Eats (amongst the food trucks - Broadway & 14th Street)
August 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m | VIVA Streets (Berkeley Regis Neighborhood - Tennyson St. & W 46th Ave.)
September 6, 6 - 8 p.m. | La Alma Block Party (Santa Fe & Kalamath)
September 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Tour de Fat (City Park)
September 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Project Homeless Connect (Denver Convention Center)
September 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Bike-in Movie series at Civic Center Park (rain date)
October 5, 2 - 4 p.m. | Star Wars Reads Day (Central Library)
October 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Fall Fair on East Colfax
Visit us at these stops or follow us on Twitter / like us on Facebook for updates on the bike's whereabouts. And keep your eyes peeled throughout the fall as we plan to hit up more parks and farmer's markets around Denver. See you there!
DPL CONNECT is a pilot program conceptualized and executed by staff members Zac Laugheed and Jen Morris, winners of the Library's out-of-the box idea contest. The customized trike was designed in partnership with Joe Crennen, a local custom bike builder who works out of his shop Pedal Positive.