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Time to dust off that bicycle again!

May is National Bike Month!

After a very long winter, biking is a great way to enjoy the fresh air outdoors, and Dr. Oz says bicycling is “easy on the knees, great for cardio and strength building and relatively inexpensive.”

So, let’s get those bikes out, and dust them off. If they need maintenance or repairs, the second book highlighted below may be what you need to get you out on the trails.

“Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)” by Sue Macy.

Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation.

Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, “Wheels of Change” transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives.

Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

“Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair,” by Daimeon Shanks. 

Keep your bike on the road for the long haul!

Whether you’re training, competing, or simply riding for fun, a properly tuned bike is essential to performance, efficiency, and safety.

That’s where “Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair” comes in.

Author Daimeon Shanks takes a straightforward “you can do it” approach to maintaining and repairing your bike so it’s ready to go when you are.

“Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair” provides simple step-by-step instructions, accompanied by up-close photos, illustrations, and advice, for more than 100 repairs.

So spend more time in the saddle and less time and money in costly repair shops.

“Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair” is the one guide no cyclist should be without!

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, May 7: “eReader Help,” 10:30 a.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Tuesday, May 7: “Story Time at Storyland,” 6:30 p.m., Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave. A special library storytime at Storyland. Storyland is a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum which is on display at the county museum in Detroit Lakes until the end of May.
  • Wednesday, May 8: Introduction to Zinio Magazines, 1 p.m. Take a look at LARL’s latest digital offering. Now you can read your favorite magazines online or on your mobile device or tablet. Come to this class to learn some tips and tricks for using this great database. Class limit is six people. Call, e-mail or stop by the Library to register.
  • Wednesday, May 8: “eReader Help,” 4:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, May 9 and Saturday, May 11: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

Article written by Danell Haspel of the Detroit Lakes Library