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  • Tue September 08 2015
  • Posted Sep 8, 2015

The Iowa City Bike Library and the University of Iowa Museum of Art are bringing together bicyclists and books to promote health and literacy in the community. Ride for Reading (http://www.rideforreading.org) is a national non-profit that started in Nashville, Tenn., in 2008, to promote literacy and healthy living among children in low-income communities by giving away donated age-appropriate books via bicycle.

The inaugural Iowa City event is Thursday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 pm, when bicyclists will meet at the Neighborhood Center, 2015 Broaday, Iowa City, to pack their panniers, backpacks, and trailers with books. Bicyclists will take off at 1 pm for a leisurely group ride geared for all levels, to deliver the books to Alexander Elementary School, 3571 Sycamore St., Iowa City. Volunteer helpers will be at the school to assist the schoolchildren pick up a book to take home.

Additional volunteers are needed both to deliver books and to help out the kids. To sign up to volunteer, http://www.rideforreading.org/event/national-ride-for-reading-week-2015

The Iowa City event is part of the national Ride for Reading Week Sept. 13-19. For more information, contact Beth Nobles, beth-nobles@uiowa.edu, or Anne Duggan, annem.duggan@gmail.com.


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