Rebecca Janni is featured author for Ride to Read on Sept. 30

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Local author Rebecca Janni will read her book “Spin” during the Ride to Read event on Sept. 30. PHOTO SUBMITTED TO THE PERRY CHIEF

“Ride to Read,” a family bike ride event, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The event will take place on the trail between Minburn and the Forest Park Museum in Perry. This is a collaborative activity organized by the Friends of the Minburn and Perry Libraries.

Rebecca Janni will be the featured guest author, and will be reading her book “Spin” midway along the trail route. “Spin” is the story of a young girl on a bike. Janni learned as a young girl that the best way to get around her neighborhood is on a bike and that reading is the best way to get around the world.

Janni is also the author of “Jammy Dance” and the “Every Cowgirl” series. She now divides her time between teaching at Grand View University in Des Moines, visiting schools and libraries and volunteering and writing for children – all which take a backseat to motherhood. Janni lives in Johnston, Iowa, with her much-loved husband, James, their four children, Andrew, Anna, Jacob and Joshua—and dog, Mickey. She loves to read and bike with her family, but not at the same time.

The bike route between Perry and Minburn is six miles. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the Forest Park Museum, south of Highway 141 in Perry, or at the tennis courts in Minburn near the school. Janni will be located three miles from each site. Individuals or families can bike only a few miles or the entire route.

For more information, call the Perry Public Library at 465-3569.