The Northwestern Regional Library’s Ride for Readers is coming up this Saturday. The ride starts at 9 in the morning in Laurel Springs at Freeborne’s Eatery and Lodge and will take riders on a scenic three- to four-hour ride through Alleghany County and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Prices are $30 for riders and $20 for passengers. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. with live music and prizes going on till 4 p.m.
Advanced registration is available at Freeborne’s Eatery and Lodge as well as all Northwestern Regional Library branches. Registration also is accepted at check-in on the day of the ride. Cars and motorcycles are welcome.
“It’s fun watching the people. They really have a good time,” said Christi Pate, library assistant with Jonesville Library. “The people riding know they’re doing it for a good cause. They’re there to help our libraries and that’s what we need; we need people willing to step up and support our libraries.”
“This is the fifth year we’ve done it and our second consecutive year holding it at Freeborne’s,” said Northwestern Director John Hedrick. “It’s the scenic nature of the trip and the Parkway that riders enjoy. We don’t know the route they’ll being taking yet. It’s often decided on at the last moment.”
The ride is an annual event done in conjunction with all 13 of the Northwestern Regional libraries. The money is used to buy eBooks, which are shared between the Northwestern libraries.
“It provides funds that we normally wouldn’t have in our budgets to purchase these eBooks,” said Pate. “eBooks are another valuable resource for our patrons. Many people may not be able to go to the library to pick up an actual book, but they can use these eBooks at home to go on the website and download what they want. It really helps people who are home-bound.”
The Northwestern Regional libraries are hoping to raise $12,000 for eBooks this year. So far they’ve raised about $7,000. Hedrick feels they are well on their way to reaching their goal and that this is the event’s biggest year yet.
“It’s great,” said Hedrick. “Every year there have been more riders and more enthusiasm for the event. We have around 80 riders so far and hope to have more by Saturday morning. This is by far the most riders we’ve ever had. Word has really gotten around about the event.”
As of right now it’s not supposed to be raining this Saturday so riders should be able to enjoy a beautiful day on the roads.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.