My friends Shelley and Ward, from Richmond VA, found a great way to combine their two passions – books and bikes! Books on Wheels is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free books and bike parts/bike repair to Richmond and beyond. Through a small bus, The “MobookMobikeMobile”, which is packed with books and bicycle parts and tools, Books on Wheels is able to travel to many different communities.
Why? “Because both literature and transportation are liberating and both help with the well-being of people both mentally and physically. Both books and bikes are educational, and help people towards empowering themselves through literature and transportation!”
Books on Wheels “travel to communities and certain community events to provide services free of charge to people. This organization is able to distribute books and bike parts to a variety of communities, though there is a focus providing such resources to economically disadvantaged communities. By providing books and bikes we strive expand our community’s access to information and transportation.”
They hold bi-monthly events within the city of Richmond and tour to other cities.
Books on wheels is a volunteer run organization and “runs entirely based on the generous donations that are provided by our community and those who support us.”
Books on Wheels is hitting the road this March.
Please check them out if they’re coming to a city near you!
Spring Tour 2008!
March 8th: Greensboro, NC:
March 9th: Pensecola, FL: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Parking Lot
March 10th: New Orleans, LA:
March 11th: New Orleans, LA: Rubarbikes (Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition Bikes) http://www.rubarbike.org/
March 12th: New Orleans, LA: Israelite Baptist Church
March 13h: New Orleans, LA: Young Audiences – http://www.ya4la.org/
March 13-15th: Austin, TX: SXSW
April 12, 2008 Book and Bicycle Drive @ Twin Hickory Public Library
For more information on the organization, the tour, or to make a donation visit – http://www.bookonwheels.com