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CDPHP, Grassroot Givers Bringing ‘Book Bikes’ to the City of Albany

First-of-its-kind initiative locally will help kids avoid the summer reading slump

ALBANY, NY – July 28, 2022 – CDPHP is proud to announce a partnership with local not-for-profit organization Grassroot Givers to bring two ‘book bikes’ to events in the City of Albany this summer.

With the support of CDPHP, Grassroot Givers has launched these mobile libraries as an earth-friendly opportunity to pedal to local neighborhoods and events to share books and promote literacy and book ownership throughout the summer. The goal of the program is to ensure kids continue reading over the summer and avoid the so-called summer reading slump. The book bikes will also be equipped with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and educational information on oral health, courtesy of Delta Dental.

Although book bikes have been a mainstay nationwide, these are the first bikes of this kind in the Capital Region. To date, Grassroot Givers has shared over half a million books with people in the Albany area.

“We’re pleased to support an initiative that will promote summer reading in a whimsical and engaging way,” said Kathy Leyden, vice president of community engagement for CDPHP. “At CDPHP, we know that the summer months can mean the regression of healthy habits, so we’re happy to help offset that by providing our community with access to items they need to stay on top of their overall wellbeing.”

The CDPHP book bikes will be at the Albany Department of Recreation Playstreets events each Friday, as well as several other camps, parks, and even splash pads, weather permitting. Visit for more information.

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About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 29 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

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