NPL Bike4Books

Newport Public Library
Bike4Books Bicycle Tour!
September 25, 2021

Over the past 20 years Newport Public Library’s annual bicycle tour has been a popular opportunity for recreation, food, and much needed support for a great community resource. We are pleased to announce that we will have an in-person-on-the-road bike tour again on Sept. 25, 2021.

Here are some updates on our Sept. 25, 2021 Bike4Books bicycle tour:

We are happy to host this tour again, after our “year off.” The tour will be as much like previous tours as possible. The one change is that the lunch will be “grab and go,” not serve yourself. We hope to be able to offer our traditional array of lunch items again in the post-COVID future, but this year our goal is to keep everyone safe- and well-fed.

We ask that riders respect social distance guidelines at registration and at lunch, even though we will all be outside. Consider masking up for bathroom breaks, since bathrooms are enclosed spaces and ventilation is not always optimal.

We will not have plastic water bottles again this year. We provide water and Gatorade at rest stops, water and lemonade/iced tea at lunch. Please bring a bottle to refill as you wish. Most of you, if not all, carry your refillable bottles with you anyway when you ride.

We want to stress the importance of signing back in after your ride. We take our riders’ safety very seriously. We want to make sure everyone is back and has a chance to eat before we leave the park. If all of the riders sign back in, we know when it is safe to pack up and go home.

Many of you have pre-registered by the cutoff date. These pre-registered people will get a free t-shirt and lunch. We had to order t-shirts on Sept. 6. If you registered after the cutoff date but before Sept. 14, you will get lunch. We had to put in the lunch order on Sept. 14. We did order about 50 extra lunches, but if more than 50 people register on the day of the ride there may not be lunches available for everyone. There will be lots of food at the rest stops, as usual, and whoopie pies at the rest stops again this year, but we want you to know about this in advance so you can plan accordingly.

We will once again have t-shirts from previous rides for sale for $5 per shirt.

The course is being marked as I write this. We are excited to see you all again, and we thank you for supporting Newport Public Library!

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration
7:15 AM Course Open
4:00 PM Course Closed
(SAG will be available only from 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Lunch

Little Buffalo State Park Information
1579 State Park Road, Newport  Pa  17074                                              Photo credits John Blymier, 2019

We have a local course for everyone!

Download and print cue sheets here:

5K  25K  50K  100K  Hiking trails

Links to Map My Ride:

5k, 25k, 50k, 100k

Register online by Sept. 5 to get your free Bike4Books T-shirt

Paper registration form with all information

Participants are expected to obey all traffic regulations. 

Roads are not closed,. Riders share them with automobile traffic.
We recommend you carry a cell phone with you during your ride.
Please visit our sponsor table where we recognize the many individuals and businesses that support our Bike4Books Tour!

Want to Walk or Hike Instead?

There is also a great network of trails at Little Buffalo State Park, or walk one of our bicycle routes for a longer trek. For specific hiking details within Little Buffalo State Park, visit

All proceeds from every Bike4Books Tour directly benefit Newport Public Library:

  • Books and magazines for children & adults
  • Audio books and downloadable audiobooks
  • DVDs and music CDs
  • Programs of interest for children & adults
  • Free wireless Internet access 24/7
  • Public computers
  • Meeting rooms for public use
  • B&W & color printing, copying & scanning
  • FAX service
  • Cold lamination
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Reference service


The Board and staff of NPL extend heartfelt thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and sponsoring businesses who continue to help keep the library doors open for everyone, especially in these uncertain times!

We cordially invite you to spend some time in Newport. Discover our unique shops, including the Perry County Council of the Arts gallery in the Newport square. Discover Newport history by reading the many historical markers around town. Grab something to eat at our local restaurants or farmer’s market. The following businesses always donate food items for the free lunch after the traditional Bike4Books ride every year. Please consider supporting businesses that support our local library!

Sharar’s Grocery (The local deli!)
19 S. 2nd St. Newport PA
Butcher’s Farm Market (Locally grown, and locally baked!)
590 N. 4th St. Newport PA

Directions to Little Buffalo State Park:

1579 State Park Road Newport  PA 17074

FROM HARRISBURG: 22/322 W to Newport Exit (Rte. 34 S), Left off exit to Newport, follow signs to Little Buffalo State Park.

FROM LEWISTOWN: 22/322 E to Newport Exit (Rte. 34 S) Right off exit to Newport, follow signs to Little Buffalo State Park.

FROM CARLISLE: Rte. 34 N into New Bloomfield, Left at square, follow signs to Little Buffalo State Park.

Thank you for supporting our community library!