Pages on Pedals

Pages on Pedals

The Mix at Arbor Place is partnering with The Common Wheel to present Pages on Pedals, an innovative reading program that delivers free brand new books to 200 children in Lancaster City over four weeks in the summer months. Volunteers will deliver books to children via bicycle and help to promote the importance of summer reading. Pages on Pedals is a program inspired by the Words on Wheels program at Tree House Books in Philadelphia. Each book will come with educational prompts to ensure that students are learning and reading the books they receive. Research shows that low-income communities seriously lack access to books. One study found that in low income neighborhoods there is one age appropriate books for every 300 children. Access to books is hugely important for academic performance. The number of books in the home is the only behavior measure that directly correlates to reading scores (McQuillan, 1998).

The program resulted after Arbor Place’s Assistant Executive Director, Jeremy Raff, learned about a similar program in Philadelphia. “It was a perfect fit and an exciting way to promote summer literacy. The organization, Treehouse Books, was kind enough to let us use their program as a framework. Sadly, many low income students experience a summer learning slide and this is just one way to prevent that”. Arbor Place will also offer summer literacy programs at the youth center to complement the program. These programs are offered free of charge to school age children.

Interested parents can find an application online at Applications are limited to the first 200 received with hopes of expansion in future years. Arbor Place and Common Wheel are seeking volunteers to assist with the project. Interested individuals can contact for more information.

The Mix at Arbor Place is a state-of-the-art youth development center located in Southeast Lancaster City, dedicated to meeting the academic, recreational, social, and spiritual needs of our youth. Through the doors of Arbor Place, some of our city’s most at risk youth can find a safe environment, adult mentoring, homework help, recreational programs, bible studies and a hot meal.

The mission of The Common Wheel is to improve lives in Lancaster through the power of bikes.

Additional questions can be forwarded to Jeremy Raff at

"Pages on Pedals offers a vital service to children in Lancaster City"-LNP Editorial Board, July 18, 2016.