Roanoke Public Libraries to Host Annual Ride and Read Festival

Roanoke Public Libraries will be holding its annual Ride and Read festival from 10:00
AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 10th, at the Williamson Road Branch Library. Much like a
“touch a truck” event, Ride and Read is a unique and interactive event that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks, vehicles, and heavy machinery, and to go home with brand-new books to keep.

“Ride and Read gives children an opportunity to meet the people who serve, build, and keep the Roanoke Valley moving,” said Sheila S. Umberger, Director of the Roanoke Public
Libraries. “Children get to make these important connections and to receive beautiful new
Star City Reads books. It’s such a fun event for all.”

This year’s event features vehicles from first responders, local businesses, and food trucks
providing free food and sweet treats! Children will be able to touch and climb into many of
the vehicles. Partner organizations will provide safety information, crafts, and more, both
inside and outside the Williamson Road Branch library.

Ride and Read will take place from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM on June 10th, and is free and
open to the public. For more information, please contact Sheila Umberger, Director of
Libraries, at (540) 853-2475, or by emailing [email protected].

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