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It’s National Bike Month

‘Holy Spokes’ is one of several resources on bicycling available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. May is National Bike Month. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Attention bicycling enthusiasts: May is National Bike Month!

Did you know that Minnesota is called the Bike Friendly State?

According to the “Minnesota Bike Guide 2013/2014,” our state leads the country in paved bike trails.

While you’re waiting to hit the trails, visit your library for any topic dealing with bikes, like safety, construction, history, repair, etc.

“Holy Spokes: A Biking Bible for Everyone,” by Rob Coppolillo.

Biking is cheap, healthy, and it can provide easy access into an incredible array of life experiences.

In this wide-ranging and quick-hitting guide, author Rob Coppolillo explains how bikes work, why bikes matter (especially today, when gas is expensive and interest in green living is high), and how readers – whatever their level of experience – can indulge their tastes for mountain trails, competitive racing, city exploration, and just basic transportation from point A to point B.

Profiles from a raucous cast of health, racing, and travel experts shed a light on common pitfalls, and offer great ideas about how to pursue your passions while on two wheels. So take the quiz, pick your bike, and get rolling!

“It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels,” by Robert Penn

“It’s All About the Bike” follows Penn on a journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheeled perfection.

En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle.

From the United Kingdom to California, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling.

On the way to building the perfect bike, Robert Penn brilliantly explains why we ride.

Library Happenings

  • Thursday, May 15 at 3:45 to 5 p.m. is LEGOS at the Library. Basic LEGOS will be provided, kids provide the imagination! This month’s challenge:  make a LEGO creation that represents summer fun at the lakes. There will be snacks and door prizes too.
  • Children and their caregivers are invited to the library for story time events this week: Preschool Storytime on Thursday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m., and Family Storytime on Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave.