Friends of the Perry, Minburn Libraries team up for Ride to Read on Sept. 30

Allison Ullmann - Staff

Area kids and families will have the chance to read while riding the bike trail on Sept. 30.

The Minburn and Perry Friends of the Library are partnering together for the first-ever Ride to Read event on Sunday, Sept. 30. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. on the Raccoon River Valley Trail between Minburn and the Forest Park Museum in Perry.

“I walked in here (Perry Perk) and saw these two ladies and they were talking about the Friends of the Library. And I said 'Do you want to something with the Minburn Library,'” Ila Jean Taylor, with the Friends of the Minburn Public Library, said of Sue Brickner and Lois Hoger.

“You just blurted it out,” said Hoger, with the Friends of the Perry Public Library.

“That's exactly what happened,” Taylor said of the two groups partnering for an event.

In talking with Hoger, the bike trail came up and the Ride to Read event was born.

“She sent a text saying 'How about doing it on the trail that hooks us together,'” Hoger said of Taylor.

Taylor said having the reading event on the RRVT was a good way to connect both libraries and both communities.

Participants can choose to start at the tennis courts near the Minburn School, 618 5th St., or at Forest Park Museum, 14581 K Ave. Registration will be held at both locations on Sept. 30.

Storytellers will be located approximately one mile from the registration on either end of the trail. Rebecca Janni, local children's author of “Spin,” will be reading her book midway on the bike trail, or about three miles from registration.

A free book will handed out to the first 100 kids participating in the Ride to Read event. The books are being paid for through a grant from Thrivent Financial. Refreshments will be served in the middle of the trail. Bookmarks and stickers will also be handed out.

The entire route for the Ride to Read event is 12 miles. Hoger said those participating can choose to ride all or only part of the route.

The event, she added, will be held rain or shine. If it rains, the storytellers and author will be located at Forest Park Museum.

While the Ride to Read event is geared toward second to fifth grade students, Taylor said everyone is welcome. Information will be sent out to all of the elementary students within the Perry and ADM school districts.

“It's a good family event. They can read and exercise,” Brickner said.

The event is also a way, Hoger said, to bring Minburn and Perry closer together through the bike trail.

“This is a collaborative effort, which I think is really cool, between two communities,” Hoger said. “It's just a win-win.”