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Pedal Powered Library to bring books to kids in Billings

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 23:35:22-04

The Billings Public Library will give kids free books to encourage reading throughout the summer.

The library’s foundation introduced the Pedal Powered Library at its Food for Thought fundraiser on Thursday night.

The custom made cargo tricycle can hold 600 pounds.

The plan is to ride the tricycle to events in Billings and pass out free books to children.

"This is just a more kid friendly way for kids to get books that they can read for the summer,” said Elizabeth Chappell, the library’s Pedal Powered Library program developer.  “A lot of people don’t realize how valuable the library is and so this is just a way to get more outreach in the community. It’s pretty fun. It’s not too difficult to navigate. We’re really excited. We expect it to be a very successful program."

The Pedal Powered Library makes its first trip on Friday, with an appearance at the Housing Authority’s Family Investment Center in south Billings.

Chappell also asked if anyone is interested in riding to call the library at 657-8258.