Mobile Library Pops Up in Union

Library pop-upThe Somerville Public Library pop-up at Bow Market. Photo courtesy of Lilly Sundell-Thomas.

The public library’s on the go through Aug. 6, bringing a mini version of the library to Bow Market.

A collection of about 60 to 100 books—staff favorites from various departments—can be checked out thanks to a computer system that lets librarians check out books and sign people up for library cards. A “DIY corner” includes a typewriter and button maker that people can tinker with, and they can also contribute a row to a community knitting project.

“It’s a taste of what is happening across the library system, but just in this small space,” Programming and Outreach Librarian Lilly Sundell-Thomas says. “It just feels like a condensed version of the library, I think.”

This week’s pop-up is part of a broader library effort to engage with people where they are.

“We’ve been doing pop-ups all around the city,” Sundell-Thomas says. “We have done it at the winter farmer’s market, we did it at the Fluff [Festival], at ArtBeat, at the SomerStreets festivals, and people always like to see us out in the community.”

You can find the pop-up in Bow Market (1 Bow Market Way) through Aug. 6. Here is the full calendar:

Wednesday, Aug. 1: 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 2: 4 to 7 p.m. (Drop in kid’s coding class)
Friday, Aug. 3: 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5: Closed
Monday, Aug. 6: 4 to 7 p.m.