ILSLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY'S Tricia Allen prepares to ride her bike — in costume — to deliver free books to kids at the free summer lunch at Middlebury's rec park.
Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — Children’s librarians wear many hats. They are storytellers, teachers, mentors, performers, listeners, event planners. Ilsley Public Library’s Tricia Allen wears many literal hats, too. Every Thursday through the summer she dresses up in a homemade costume — sparkly house fly, rainbow unicorn — loads great piles of books into a trailer and lugs them across town on her bike.
She calls it the Book Bike.
When she arrives at Middlebury’s rec park, children and their caregivers are milling around the entrance to Memorial Sports Center, awaiting the free lunch provided to kids under 18...
MIDDLEBURY — Each Thursday through the summer, Ilsley Public Library's Children's Librarian loads up her bike with books to give away and rides — in costume — to the free summer lunch at Middlebury's rec park. Each kid gets to pick one book from the bike to take home. While kids picnic on the grass, Tricia reads stories. Then she rides away.