Bike Month at Oakland Libraries

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month with fun programs and more.

We're pretty crazy about bikes here at the Oakland library!

We celebrate bikes all year with things like the Women Bike Book club, lending bike tools from the tool library, working with the Scraper Bike team at the Shed, and providing pumps and locks at all locations. 

But we really get pedaling in May for bike month. Look at all the great things we have planned!

From Sea to Sea with Zeke Gerwein

Last summer, local teen Zeke biked from Delaware back to the Bay Area in an effort to meet fellow Americans and understand our political climate. Enjoy photos and tales from their epic journey.  

Tues May, 1 at 6:00pm, Golden Gate Branch Library,  5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 597-5023

Bike Storytimes

Books about bikes and bike riders!

Preschool - Wed May 2 at 10:15am, Golden Gate Branch Library,  5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 597-5023

Family - Sat May 12 at 11:00am, Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland, CA  94601, (510) 535-5623

Kamishibai Stories 

Enjoy Kamishibai stories on a butai - a Japanese-style paper theater on the back of a bike, while you nibble on Japanese treats. All ages welcome.

Saturdays, May 5, 19, & 26 at 10:30am and Tuesdays, May 8 & 22 at 6:30pm, Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, (510) 597-5017


Women Bike Book Club: Podcast Edition!

We'll discuss the power of social media in the bike world. Share your favorite bike-related podcasts, blogs & Instagram accounts with us.

Thurs May 3 at 6:00pm, Golden Gate Branch Library,  5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 597-5023

Bike Tube Jewelry

Make earrings, bracelets and more from bicycle tubes. Punk rock *and* sustainable. For teens and adults.

Sat May 5, 1-2:30pm, Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 238-3138

Mon May 7, 5-6:30pm, Eastmont Branch Library, 7200 Bancroft Ave #211, Oakland, CA 94605, (510) 615-5726

Weds May 16, 2-3:30 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, (510) 615-5728

Make Your Own Bike Reflector

Stay visible (and stylish!) with a DIY reflector. All materials provided. For adults, teens & kids ages 8+.

Tues May 8 at 6:00pm, Golden Gate Branch Library,  5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 597-5023

Bike to School Day Craft

DIY Handlebar Streamers: Bring your bike to the library after school and make your own handlebar streamers.

Wednesday, May 9, 3-5pm. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Ave, (510) 597-5017

Family-Friendly Fix-It Clinic

Bike over for story time, and then stay for a fun fix-it clinic. Or drop by after for some basic help keeping your bike in good running order. Bike help given on a first come, first served basis.

with Hard Knox’ mechanic, Binky Brown - Sat May 12, 11:30am-2:00pm, Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland, CA  94601, (510) 535-5623

Sat May 19, 1-3:00pm, Dimond Branch Library,  3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602, (510) 482-7844

Urban Cycling 101 with Bike East Bay

Learn basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, take a bike on transit, and avoid crashes by riding predictably, visibly, and communicating with other road users by your actions and signals. No bike required.

Sat May 19 1:00-3:00pm, Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 238-3138

Scrapers and Smoothies

Join the Scraper Bike Team and library staff for free bike repair and smoothies. We’ll also have the bike library with books to give away, and a fun craft making jewelry from bike tubes. We’ll even show you how to fix a flat! All ages welcome.

Weds May 16, 2-5 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, (510) 615-5728

The Triplets of Belleville

A champion cyclist is kidnapped. His coach/grandma and his dog investigate, with the help of a trio of jazz-singing crones! Animated; PG-13.

Tues May 22 at 6:00pm, Golden Gate Branch Library,  5606 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608, (510) 597-5023

Bike to Work Day Celebrations!

Thursday, May 10

Energizer stations: Get refreshments, Bike to Work Day bags and swag, and high fives.

7-9am, Coliseum BART (courtesy of 81st avenue library), 7200 San Leandro St, Oakland, CA 94621

7-9am, West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St, (510) 238-7352

Book Bike: Free books and more for all ages, delivered by the OPL Bike Library

7-9am, Pancake Breakfast at Frank Ogawa Plaza

5-8pm, Happy Hour at Latham Square, Telegraph Ave & Broadway

On Display: Books and more

Find great library materials for all ages on display at several branches. Find books to take home, or to just enjoy in the library.

All month, Main Library, 125 14th Street, (510) 238-3138

All month, West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St, (510) 238-7352

Catch up with the Bike Library!

We’ll be around town this month, giving away free books and more.

Fri May 4, 9:30am-1:30pm, Old Oakland Farmers Market, 9th Street at Broadway

Thur May 10, 7-9am, Pancake Breakfast at Frank Ogawa Plaza

Thur May 10, 5-8pm, Happy Hour at Latham Square, Telegraph Ave & Broadway

Weds May 16, 2-5pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd

Thu May 17, 5-7:30pm, Latham Square, Telegraph Ave & Broadway

Fri May 25, 5-7:30pm, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

 

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