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Pedaling Literacy in La Crosse, Wisconsin

$3,923 of $3,700 goal

Raised by 61 people in 5 months
My name is Terri Wolfgram. This summer I combined my love of books with my love of bikes and started a mobile Little Free Library called Paperback Rider. I spent the summer handing books out to people of all ages (but mostly kids) in my neighborhood. From June 22 to late-October, I gave out 485 books. I had started with books that my family was done with, then bought some at yard sales and thrift shops. Soon, word spread on social media and books started showing up on my porch.

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My current set up is a box that my husband built that fits into my bike trailer. It's nice,but has some drawbacks. It's hard to maneuver. It's not super-stable. It takes time to set up. This means that if I'm heading somewhere with books and pass a group of kids, I can't easily stop and let them choose a book. I've also had the bike tip over several times. Thankfully, I'm the only one who's been injured.

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I've done a lot of research and Haley Tricycle in Philadelphia builds what I need. Their book bikes carry the books in the front. They’re very maneuverable. They fit through most doorways, so I could go to my neighborhood school and hospital. Being a tricycle, it will be stable when parked (it has parking brakes for the front wheels). 34685126_1542666411974580_r.jpeg


I've got plenty of books being donated. This trike will allow me to get out more often and to go to more place34685126_1542666377750136_r.jpeg
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Just got off the phone with Stephen at Haley Trikes. He thinks they'll be ready to ship the bike in 2 weeks!
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Thank you to everyone who donated and/or shared. My goal has been reached. Amazing! I can't wait to take this to the parks. If you're local, be sure to find me this summer, so that you can see it in person. I set up a website, as well: PaperbackRider.rocks
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BIG NEWS!
I sent the down payment to Haley Tricycles tonight. They will start building and painting. I can't wait to hit the parks this summer.
Thank you for helping. You are all amazing
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Less than $1200 to go! (A yarn dyeing friend is raising money which I'm counting, but haven't received yet)

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She's donating 50% of the sales of the "Paperback Rider" yarn to this fundraiser.

I've been in touch with the builder. We've confirmed the shelf options. I sent him my color choices. (I'm keeping that a secret, but there will be orange.)

Keep sharing, please!
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$3,923 of $3,700 goal

Raised by 61 people in 5 months
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DY
$163
Dye Monkey Yarns
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
MB
$30
Michelle Breen
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
DH
$30
Dala Hynek
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
$420
Dianne Bone
1 month ago
$20
Jodi Jackish Lewis
1 month ago
SC
$20
Sarah Cournoyer
1 month ago
JL
$50
James Longhurst
2 months ago
$50
Julie Devine
2 months ago
KA
$50
Keachen Abing
2 months ago
TW
$300
Terri & Todd Wolfgram
2 months ago (Offline Donation)
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