Jared Mills is a librarian on the move. As the project manager of the Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” team, he pedals his bicycle around Seattle with a customized trailer to bring books and library services to community events.
At least, he did.
Mills discovered Wednesday that a key component of his Books on Bikes effort had been stolen the night before. The books are safe. The bike is gone.
“The trailer was not attached, thankfully,” said Mills, a supervising librarian at SPL’s Montlake branch. “It was safe and happy at the library. It was the bike they took off with.”
Someone sawed through the lock of Mills’ $600 black Marin Hybrid bike, which was parked outside his house in West Seattle.
He is still scheduled for outreach events throughout the area, though so Mills said he plans to check out a bike from the city. A loaner bike won’t replace the bike he had for six years and customized for his 6-foot-4 frame, though. Most importantly, his stolen bike could haul a trailer filled with books.
“It’s just kind of a bummer to lose my bike, but thankfully the trailer is OK,” Mills said. “I’ll find a way to make this go on.”