Edwardsville Public Library is holding a raffle for book prizes for bikes

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JewelRide, a company that provides much-needed sanitary transportation services to area residents, approached the Edwardsville Public Library earlier this year to express interest in launching a program to encourage children to read and be physically active. .

Megan Prueter, Chief Librarian of Youth Services, then developed a “Books for Bikes” program to accompany the traditional summer reading program offered by the library.

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Thanks to the generosity of Jewel Ride owners, husband and wife team Tapiwa Mupereki and Dr Rutendo Nkomo, and other local sponsors: The Cyclery, BJ’s Printables, Inc., YCG Accounting and Dr Hyten, 14 bikes have been were given away as prizes for a children’s reading contest organized by the Edwardsville Public Library.

“More than 250 children participated in this summer reading contest, recording more than 9,200 books read,” said Kristen Reno, librarian for the library’s youth services. “The turnout and enthusiasm within our youth department has been tremendous, and we so appreciate JewelRide’s dedication to the importance of reading, and for approaching us to collaborate on their vision of giving back to the community.”

“We truly appreciate the opportunity to work with the folks at JewelRide. Their mission and commitment to Edwardsville is inspiring,” said Cary Harvengt, Library Development and Outreach Librarian.

On August 6, the names of the winners were drawn among all the participants and will be announced soon. They will be able to visit the Cyclerie and choose a bike from a selection paid for by the sponsors.

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