Books on wheels
From flood-ravaged Big Easy to the City of Big Shoulders and stops in between, Shelley Briggs and Ward Tefft drive Mo'Book Mo'Bike Mobile, electric-blue GMC minibus, handing out books and repairing bikes. Founders of the nonprofit Books on Wheels, they've combined their two passions: bikes and books!
And I'm sooooooooo jealous. As their website explains:
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!Moreover,
The organization ... travels 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. Books on Wheels has bi-monthly events within the city of Richmond and makes sporadic trips to other cities.
They're always accepting gently used books and bikes or parts.
Donations can be dropped off at
Chop Suey Books
1317 W. Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23220
11-6 PM Monday-Saturday
1-6 PM Sunday
For those of you who don't live in Richmond, you can make a donation through PayPal: