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Beloit College Poetry Garden to welcome bike-riding poets completing 1400-mile journey through rural Midwest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Children, youth and adults interested in reading, writing and community-building are invited to attend ceremonies at the Beloit College Poetry Garden on Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. associated with Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour. Musicians and children will also perform.

Poets Maya Stein and Amy Tingle will write custom poems and promote "tiny books" to celebrate the last stop in a 1400-mile tandem bicycle tour from Colorado through Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.  They have visited scores of small towns, built nearly 25 Little Free Libraries and celebrated community libraries in the Midwest throughout the month of July, while garnering publicity in more than 800 stories worldwide on public radio, network television, local broadcasts and print. Their unique journey featured the duo's tandem pulling a trailer with two well-worn portable typewriters used to write hundreds of poems.

Hosted by a collaborative group of Beloit Rotary members, bicyclists, poets and library fans, the event will introduce the concept of a more permanent Little Free Library on the college campus. The idea was introduced by 1969 Beloit College graduate Rick Brooks, co-founder of the Little Free Library movement now in more than 70 countries. 

Participants in the July 30 event are encouraged to bring a book or take a book to promote reading for children and literacy for adults. Admission to the event is free. The Stateline Spinners riding group has invited bicyclists to ride with Stein and Tingle as they enter the city at the end of their ride from Evansville. The plan is for Stein and Tingle to take County Road M out of Evansville, then connect to County Road K out of Orfordville, and arrive in Beloit via St. Lawrence Avenue.

The Stateline Spinners are scheduled to meet them at 11:30 a.m. at Beckman Mill, 11600 County Road H, before traveling to the Beloit College Poetry Garden. The Poetry Garden was selected as the target destination because of the college's history of outstanding poets, authors and other alumni. 

The city of Beloit has more than a dozen Little Free Libraries already, most of which were sponsored by Rotarians and non-profit groups. 

Read more about the Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour, the Little Free Library movement, or the Stateline Spinners.

For more information, contact Rick Brooks at rbrooksster@gmail.com or 608-345-0750.