Library, Sustainability

New bookmobile Curbie cuts community-wide emissions by bringing library services directly to Hayward neighborhoods

November 23, 2021

Earlier this month, the City of Hayward’s Library Services Department welcomed Curbie, a bookmobile that functions as a small, traveling branch library for the City. Curbie will save an estimated 57 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year by bringing books and other services directly to community members, saving them trips to the two Hayward Public Library locations – the Downtown Library and the Weekes Branch.

Curbie will travel year-round to locations throughout Hayward including schools, parks, senior centers, and neighborhoods. In addition to carrying books, audiobooks, music CDs, and movie DVDs for all ages, in multiple languages, Curbie will also bring a variety of programs and classes like staff-led storytimes, early childhood learn & play groups, book clubs, dance & movement programming, a seed lending library, gardening classes, and adult literacy outreach services, among others.

In addition to helping the community overcome location and transportation barriers, this mobile service will also help reduce community-wide transportation emissions--Hayward’s largest source of emissions. Saving approximately 4.75 metric ton equivalents per month, Curbie is estimated to reduce Hayward community emissions by 57 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year.

To learn more about Curbie, visit this webpage. To view a full calendar of Curbie’s scheduled stops, click here.