NPL Bike4Books

Get Ready for our Annual
Newport Public Library
Bike4Books Tour!
September 28, 2019

Little Buffalo State Park
1579 State Park Road, Newport  Pa  17074
Saturday September 28, 2019, Rain or Shine!!

Distances for everyone! 5k, 25k, 50k, 100k

Sponsor  | Schedule | Want to walk? | Can’t come? | Route | Lunch | Directions

Registration 2019

Mail in Registration form 2019

Join us for a beautiful autumn ride through Western Perry County.  You will enjoy scenic rural roads, Amish farms, covered bridges, and the great outdoors.

Sponsor Information

Sponsor form for individuals who want to raise at least $100 and ride for free

Sponsor Letter 2019 for corporate sponsors

Bike4Books Tour Schedule

7:30 AM – 10:00 AM Registration
7:30 AM Course Open
4:00 PM Course Closed
(SAG and Rest Stops will be available only from 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Free lunch

Bike4Books Tour Safety Features


  • SAG (support and gear)
  • Phone numbers for mechanical problems and emergencies
  • Bicycle mechanic
  • Cue sheets with maps
  • Courses marked with color coded arrows
  • Rest Stops with rest rooms, water & Gatorade, snacks and our famous Whoopie Pies!

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!

The Board and staff of NPL extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and sponsoring businesses who cooperate to help keep the library doors open for everyone.

Want to Walk or Hike Instead?

Come and take advantage of the network of trails within Little Buffalo State Park.

Some trails offer hikers the beauty and sounds of Little Buffalo Creek and Holman Lake. There are many good opportunities for seeing wildlife.

Highlights include a covered bridge over Furnace Run, Shoaff’s Grist Mill with a working water wheel, and an original rail car.

Just check the Hiker option on the registration form and enclose a check for $25.00.  Your registration includes a 2019 BIKE4BOOKS T-Shirt and lunch. For specific hiking details, visit

Ghost Riders

Can’t ride? Conflict in schedule? But still want to contribute to the Bike4Books?

Be a Ghost Rider You don’t have to show up, sweat, or exert yourself in any way.

Just check the Ghost Rider option on the registration form and send with a check for $25. We will mail you a cool 2019 B4B T-shirt.

Your contribution will help provide excellent library services for our community!

All proceeds from Bike4Books Tour benefit Newport Public Library:

  • New books for children & adults
  • New audio books
  • New DVDs and music CDs
  • Programs of interest for children & adults
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Public computers
  • Meeting rooms for public use
  • B&W & color printing, copying & scanning
  • FAX service
  • Laminating

Bike4Books Tour Routes

Choose one of following courses.
All courses begin and end at Little Buffalo State Park, and include rest stops and road support.

  • 5K Ride Family fun ride, along the lake and back
  • 25K Ride  Easy, rolling hills, one rest stop
  • 50K Ride  Easy, rolling hills, plus one challenging hill, one rest stop
  • 100K Ride  Difficult, challenging hills, three rest stops

When you finish, join us for a free meal provided by our generous volunteers and sponsors.

We cordially invite you to stay a while in Newport. Discover our unique shops, including the Perry County Council of the Arts gallery in the Newport square. Grab something to eat at our local restaurants or farmer’s market.


The following businesses donate food items for the free lunch after the Bike4Books ride:

Espresso Yourself Cafe (Gourmet- Organic- Fair trade Homemade goodness!)
8 S. 2nd St., Newport PA
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

Please support these businesses that support their local library!

Register Online Today!

Directions to Bike4Books Tour:

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.