The last two days we've been riding through a combination of bike trails and steep hillside. The wind comes at us from all directions although we always prefer it at our backs. Clouds blocked the sun, bringing some rain. Halfway through our ride yesterday, we stopped at the Jamestown Community Library, part of the Greene County Public Library system. Greene County has an amazing rails-to-trails system called the Greene Trails, part of the bigger Miami Valley Bike Trails.
We were greeted by Head Librarian, Paul Gregor. We connected with Paul through Sue Jeffrey, the Head Librarian at the Cedarville Community Library branch. Sue is a cyclist herself and is the mastermind behind the Book Bike, a bike-towed trailer containing a mobile collection of books available for check-out. Not only does the Book Bike extend the library's outreach to additional patrons, it strengthens the library's connection with Parks and Trails and supports wellness in the community.
Paul and library staff member Jane Hollingsworth spent time with us, telling us about library services available to cyclists and other non-resident library users. First thing we noticed was a poster of all the county bike trails placed right behind the reference desk. Paul showed us how we could follow the Little Miami trail for the rest of the afternoon, getting us off the roads. The Library also had flyers advertising group rides arranged by Greene County Parks & Trails. Tourists passing through town can get a guest pass to use the computers or they can take advantage of the free wifi available inside and outside the library. Plus, all county libraries recently installed "bike-friendly" water fountains, enabling cyclists an easy way to fill their water bottles.
We encourage everyone that is traveling in the area or that plans to cycle in the area to check out the Miami Valley Bike Trails and the Greene County Libraries. They're a great combination.