LCCC Librarian Peddles to Save Trees, Distribute Books

As a child, Susan Paul spent many afternoons climbing in the strong, supportive branches of the trees near her home. These days, Paul is doing her part to make sure future youngsters have the same opportunity.

{mosimage}The Sheffield Village woman will soon embark on a 500-mile bike ride that will raise money for the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. From October 2 to October 8, Paul will peddle in the STIHL Tour des Trees, traveling from Virginia Beach, Va., to Washington, D.C. 

"I took trees for granted for most of my life and this is my way to give back," Paul said.

Paul, 58, has been an avid bicyclist for 20 years and has tackled long rides in the past. However, this trip is unique as it combines her love of bicycling with another passion: books. Along the route, riders will stop at libraries and elementary schools to hand out the book, "Can You Name 500 Trees?" a Dr. Seuss-style book about trees.

The book distribution is a perfect fit for Paul, who is a reference librarian and associate professor at Lorain County Community College.

"I was interested in the trip because of the TREE Fund, but when I heard they were giving out books, I knew this was for me," she said.

Paul and the other riders on the Tour have pledged to raise $3,500 each to donate to the TREE Fund. She hopes the funds raised will help put an end to the emerald ash borer, an insect that is destroying ash trees across the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States, as well as in Canada.

The TREE Fund is the leading non-governmental source of funding for research and education programs in the field of arboriculture. The organization has funded more than 400 tree research and education projects since 1976.

As her excitement builds for the upcoming trip, Paul is most excited about the camaraderie she’ll have with her fellow bikers. She has two friends that will ride along with her and she is looking forward to bonding with other bikers and tree lovers.

She’s also looking forward to tackling the large hills she’ll encounter on her way from Virginia to the nation’s capitol.

"Those hills are going to be a terrific challenge," she said. "I can’t wait."

To prepare for the steep inclines, Paul is riding an average 30 miles on her bike on weekdays and covering up to 100 miles each weekend. She does most of her riding on the east side of Cleveland and in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As she trains for the adventure, Paul is happy to be inspiring her friends, family and coworkers to get active.

"A great side effect of my long rides is that it makes people more aware of incorporating healthy activities into their own lifestyles," she said.

Once she completes the Tour des Trees, Paul plans to train for the ride of her life: a bike ride across the United States. She has already biked across Kansas eight times, and biked across Arkansas and Arizona.

To learn more about the Tour des Trees, visit http://stihltourdestrees.org/. To donate to Paul’s ride, visit the web site and click on "Rider Gallery."

LCCC Librarian Peddles to Save Trees, Distribute Books

As a child, Susan Paul spent many afternoons climbing in the strong, supportive branches of the trees near her home. These days, Paul is doing her part to make sure future youngsters have the same opportunity.

{mosimage}The Sheffield Village woman will soon embark on a 500-mile bike ride that will raise money for the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. From October 2 to October 8, Paul will peddle in the STIHL Tour des Trees, traveling from Virginia Beach, Va., to Washington, D.C. 

"I took trees for granted for most of my life and this is my way to give back," Paul said.

Paul, 58, has been an avid bicyclist for 20 years and has tackled long rides in the past. However, this trip is unique as it combines her love of bicycling with another passion: books. Along the route, riders will stop at libraries and elementary schools to hand out the book, "Can You Name 500 Trees?" a Dr. Seuss-style book about trees.

The book distribution is a perfect fit for Paul, who is a reference librarian and associate professor at Lorain County Community College.

"I was interested in the trip because of the TREE Fund, but when I heard they were giving out books, I knew this was for me," she said.

Paul and the other riders on the Tour have pledged to raise $3,500 each to donate to the TREE Fund. She hopes the funds raised will help put an end to the emerald ash borer, an insect that is destroying ash trees across the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States, as well as in Canada.

The TREE Fund is the leading non-governmental source of funding for research and education programs in the field of arboriculture. The organization has funded more than 400 tree research and education projects since 1976.

As her excitement builds for the upcoming trip, Paul is most excited about the camaraderie she’ll have with her fellow bikers. She has two friends that will ride along with her and she is looking forward to bonding with other bikers and tree lovers.

She’s also looking forward to tackling the large hills she’ll encounter on her way from Virginia to the nation’s capitol.

"Those hills are going to be a terrific challenge," she said. "I can’t wait."

To prepare for the steep inclines, Paul is riding an average 30 miles on her bike on weekdays and covering up to 100 miles each weekend. She does most of her riding on the east side of Cleveland and in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As she trains for the adventure, Paul is happy to be inspiring her friends, family and coworkers to get active.

"A great side effect of my long rides is that it makes people more aware of incorporating healthy activities into their own lifestyles," she said.

Once she completes the Tour des Trees, Paul plans to train for the ride of her life: a bike ride across the United States. She has already biked across Kansas eight times, and biked across Arkansas and Arizona.

To learn more about the Tour des Trees, visit http://stihltourdestrees.org/. To donate to Paul’s ride, visit the web site and click on "Rider Gallery."

LCCC Librarian Peddles to Save Trees, Distribute Books

As a child, Susan Paul spent many afternoons climbing in the strong, supportive branches of the trees near her home. These days, Paul is doing her part to make sure future youngsters have the same opportunity.

{mosimage}The Sheffield Village woman will soon embark on a 500-mile bike ride that will raise money for the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. From October 2 to October 8, Paul will peddle in the STIHL Tour des Trees, traveling from Virginia Beach, Va., to Washington, D.C. 

"I took trees for granted for most of my life and this is my way to give back," Paul said.

Paul, 58, has been an avid bicyclist for 20 years and has tackled long rides in the past. However, this trip is unique as it combines her love of bicycling with another passion: books. Along the route, riders will stop at libraries and elementary schools to hand out the book, "Can You Name 500 Trees?" a Dr. Seuss-style book about trees.

The book distribution is a perfect fit for Paul, who is a reference librarian and associate professor at Lorain County Community College.

"I was interested in the trip because of the TREE Fund, but when I heard they were giving out books, I knew this was for me," she said.

Paul and the other riders on the Tour have pledged to raise $3,500 each to donate to the TREE Fund. She hopes the funds raised will help put an end to the emerald ash borer, an insect that is destroying ash trees across the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States, as well as in Canada.

The TREE Fund is the leading non-governmental source of funding for research and education programs in the field of arboriculture. The organization has funded more than 400 tree research and education projects since 1976.

As her excitement builds for the upcoming trip, Paul is most excited about the camaraderie she’ll have with her fellow bikers. She has two friends that will ride along with her and she is looking forward to bonding with other bikers and tree lovers.

She’s also looking forward to tackling the large hills she’ll encounter on her way from Virginia to the nation’s capitol.

"Those hills are going to be a terrific challenge," she said. "I can’t wait."

To prepare for the steep inclines, Paul is riding an average 30 miles on her bike on weekdays and covering up to 100 miles each weekend. She does most of her riding on the east side of Cleveland and in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As she trains for the adventure, Paul is happy to be inspiring her friends, family and coworkers to get active.

"A great side effect of my long rides is that it makes people more aware of incorporating healthy activities into their own lifestyles," she said.

Once she completes the Tour des Trees, Paul plans to train for the ride of her life: a bike ride across the United States. She has already biked across Kansas eight times, and biked across Arkansas and Arizona.

To learn more about the Tour des Trees, visit http://stihltourdestrees.org/. To donate to Paul’s ride, visit the web site and click on "Rider Gallery."

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