Labor Day and Admission Day holiday closures: All library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 9. The Main Library and the Brookfield and Eastmont branches will be open on Tuesday, September 8; all other locations will be closed that day.
Bike Drive with Cycles of Change
Donate your old bicycle to Cycles of Change and help support sustainable communities. Cycles of Change fixes up old bikes at the Bikery, a community bike shop in East Oakland, and returns them to the community through its school-based bicycle education, job training, and community earn-a-bike programs. We are gratefully accepting donations of your complete, working and almost working bicycles and usable bike parts. All donations are tax-deductible, and each person who donates will receive a 20% off coupon for the Friends Bookmark Bookstore!
We're also looking for volunteers to help us take in donations, so please email Mana Tominaga at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're intersted in helping out.
This program is part of the Book to Action program, a California statewide book club that includes helping your community. Read a book, ride a bike, and help make Oakland a better place. We will read “Everyday Bicycling” by Elly Blue, and you can meet the author on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Join Elly at the Chavez Branch at 10:15 AM for some tips on group rides. Then ride with Elly up the beautiful Bay Trail to the 81st Avenue Branch, where she will give a talk at noon. You can buy a copy of “Everyday Bicycling” and Elly’s other books about biking and get her autograph. A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library.
To find out more about Elly Blue and her books, check out her blog at http://takingthelane.com/blog/.
And there’s more: Oakland Public Library is working with local bike shops to get library users the bike gear you need to keep safe. Show your library card at participating stores from May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014 and get 10% off parts and accessories. Shops confirmed at the moment include Bay Area Bikes, Manifesto, Lakeview Bicycle, and Montano Velo. There will be more stores, and more information about other events and volunteer actions that Oakland Public Library will be doing with Cycles of Change, so keep checking the OPL website.
Book to Action is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.