People are biking in tutus to raise money for Little Free Libraries


Little Free Libraries wants to see you in a tutu, down by the river.

The Hudson-based nonprofit is holding "The Tutus-on-Wheels Challenge" – a rolling fundraiser for literacy as part of the Little Free Library Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 21.

"It’s really just a fun way to be silly and try to make this event different," says Lynnea Chelstrom, who handles marketing duties for Little Free Libraries. 

Riders will meet at Minnehaha Park at 1 p.m., don their frilly garments, and roll out at 2 p.m. The "wheels" in question here will primarily be bicycles, but Chelstrom says that the ride won't discriminate.

"Even though we’ve based the event on cyclists, anyone on wheels, bike or not, is welcome," Chelstrom explains. "It could be someone pushing a stroller or somebody on rollerblades, or even somebody pulling a wagon with their kids in it."

While Chelstrom said the caravan's route is subject to change depending on the size of the turnout, the procession will be led by experienced ride leaders and will mostly take place in and around Minnehaha park.

The fundraising portion of the event is handled through Little Free Libraries' website, where supporters can pledge to donate $1 for every tutu'd rider that joins the caravan.(So if 50 people ride, you donate $50.)

If donors are worried about breaking the bank because of too many rolling ballerinas, they can set a cap on their donation as well.

Riders are encouraged to RSVP online for the event to help make sure their presence will be included in the total rider count. According to Chelstrom, the donations will go directly to Little Free Libraries' literacy efforts in "communities in need."

If you're not currently in possession of a tutu, you can purchase one at any Freewheel Bikes location or pick one up from Little Free Libraries on-site at the ride meet-up. If the traditional pink tutu isn't a good color for you, Chelstrom has good news.

"We have a rainbow tutu, blue, red, orange, purple, and more. Whatever color you want to wear, we probably have it."

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