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Ride for Reading Week

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Delivering books to Harris Bilingual School

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A whole table of free non-fiction books!

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Kelly Proto from Bike Fort Collins on left and Dee Wanger from Ride for Reading organized Fort Collin’s ride.

 

Update on Monday’s event:

In celebration of National Bike to School Week May 5-11, about 50 bicyclists – including moi– pedaled 650 books to 325 students at Harris Bilingual School in Fort Collins, Colorado. The book drop was coordinated by Ride for Reading, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children in low-income neighborhoods. Some of the books were donated by local bookstores, Book Lovers and Clothes Pony. Ridekick Co-owner, Dee Wanger, participated in Ride for Reading delivery rides in 2011, 2012, and 2013 at the national bicycle trade show, Interbike. A former elementary school teacher, she was inspired by the experience and offered to be the Northern Colorado program coordinator for Ride for Reading deliveries. I signed on through Bike Fort Collins and helped deliver non-fiction children’s books to the students.

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Bicycle and Book Collaboration to Support Love of Reading

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Ready to deliver books on Monday as part of Ride for Reading program in Ft. Collins.

Fort Collins, Colorado – Fourteen local, national and international organizations are coming together to encourage children to read and value bicycling.

In celebration of National Bike to School Week, over 60 bicyclists – including local children’s author Natasha Wing – will pedal more than 1,500 books to students at Harris Bilingual School and Laurel School of Arts and Technology. The bicyclists, New Belgium Brewing Employees, OtterBox Employee Volunteers, Bicycle Ambassadors, Bicycle Pedestrian Education Coalition, Safe Routes to Schools Representatives, and other bicycling advocates are supporting the work of Ride for Reading, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children in low-income neighborhoods.

Local thrift and used book stores – EcoThrift, Book Lovers, Brand Spanking Used – have all donated gently used books for distribution. Those books will be blended with books from the online book seller, Better World Books and books donated by Clothes Pony. In addition, New Belgium Brewing is hosting a Book Drive, offering a tasting room discount to any visitors who donate books. Books that are not given during this delivery will be held for a delivery in the fall.

Safe Routes to School coordinator, Nancy Nichols, has helped determine the safest routes for the delivery cyclists. With its mission to make school routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school, Safe Routes to School will attend the deliveries and give an informational bookmark to each student.

Ridekick Co-owner, Dee Wanger, participated in Ride for Reading delivery rides in 2011, 2012, and 2013 at the national bicycle trade show, Interbike. A former elementary school teacher, she was inspired by the experience and offered to be the Northern Colorado program coordinator for Ride for Reading deliveries. A delivery of over 500 books was made to Putnam School in 2013.

“This is such an exciting collaborative effort!” Wanger said. “It’s bringing together people who like to bicycle and want it to be safe for everyone, people who like to read, people who are donating their books and their time…all for the purpose of instilling and enabling a love of bicycling and reading in children.”

And, as excellent teachers will do, special activities around reading and bicycling are planned throughout the day and week for students at these schools. What lucky kids!

For other inquiries, please contact Dee Wanger, Co-owner at info@ridekick.com or 877-974- 4440, ext 1.

Website Address: www.ridekick.com

Special thanks to these organizations:

  1. Ride for Reading
  2. Better World Books
  3. New Belgium Brewing
  4. OtterBox
  5. Ridekick International
  6. Harris Bilingual
  7. Laurel School of Arts and Technology
  8. Safe Routes to Schools
  9. Bicycle Ambassadors
  10. Clothes Pony
  11. EcoThrift
  12. Book Lovers Books
  13. Brand Spanking Used
  14. Bicycle Pedestrian Education Coalition

 

Holiday Book Signings

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Signing my books at Jax Outdoor

I’ve got a bunch of book signings lined up for this holiday season, so if you’re looking for personalized gifts for your kids, friends, or to donate to your school or library, please stop by and I’d be happy to sign my books.

I have to tell you about this one signing I’m most looking forward to. Each year a local realtor gives her clients’ children a gift, and this year she is giving each one a copy of The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. I will be attending her Christmas party and doing a private reading for 50 to 100 children in her home (how fun!), then Santa will give each child a book and I will sign it especially for them. Can you image being a kid and getting such a special gift? I want to publicly thank Janell for understanding the joy a book brings to children and inviting me to be part of her holiday event, and supporting a local artist and independent bookstore.

December Book Signings:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:00, Presentation on An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, Barnes & Noble on S. College in Ft. Collins during their Educators Day

Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:00-6:30, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:00-7:00, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

If you cannot attend any of these signings, but still would like an autographed book, I know Old Firehouse Books at 232 Walnut St. in Old Town has copies on hand (or could order them for you) and I’d be happy to sign them. (My books are also available through this site. Just click on Books above to call the titles up.)

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career and shared their stories of how my books touched their children’s and students’ lives.