Women & Bikes & Books

Join Us Every 2nd Tuesday for a New Book Club: Women Bike

We’re very excited about our newest book club here at the Oakland Public Library!

In partnership with Bike East Bay, we are co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club in 2017! Bike East Bay's Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other.

All are invited to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two. Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. We'll focus on a different book or film each month, with a few guest speakers and activities along the way.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 9 at the Rockridge Branch. This month, we're turning to the world of professional cycling for inspiration. We're thrilled that local aspiring pro cyclist, Ayesha McGowan, will be joining us for this meeting. Ms. McGowan is striving to become the first African American pro road cyclist. Follow her journey - and maybe ride along with her! - on her blog, A Quick Brown Fox. Ayesha will lend some insight into the world of competitive racing, training, and generally just being a biking badass.

Our book selection this month is Ride the Revolution: The Inside Stories from Women in Cycling,* edited by Suze Clemitson. Stop by the reference desk at Rockridge or Main and ask for a book club copy. The 30 short chapters reflect experiences from the world's top female professional cyclists, as well as managers, journalists, chefs, and more. Gain insight into the sport from the women who have lived it firsthand!

If you're psyched for the kickoff to the professional cycling season, why not join our fantasy cycling league? Create your own team by February 24, and follow along as the season progresses.  It's the best way to learn about your favorite riders. Warning: the discrepancies between men's and women's professional cycling may shock you!! Learn more about our mini-league at the February meeting.

Save the date(s) for upcoming meetings of the Women Bike Book Club: March 9 at Rockridge, and April 13, May 11 & June 8 at the Main Library. Stay tuned for future titles, and locations for the second half of 2017!

For more information, call 510-238-3138 or send us an email.

*While our copies of Ride the Revolution are on order, feel free to request it through the LINK+ system. From this link, click "Request this Item," choose Oakland Public, then enter your OPL card information and pickup location. 

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