In partnership with Bike East Bay, the Oakland Public Library is 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.
Everyone is invited to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two, even if you run out of time to read the book. Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. This is after-hours for the library, so we'll let people in periodically at the front door.
For February, 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 between February 1 & 24, and follow along as the season progresses. It's the best way to learn about your favorite riders. Learn more about our mini-league at the February meeting.
Extra credit: stream the film Half the Road from Hoopla. Directed by pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, Half the Road explores the world of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female athletes face in male dominated sports. Warning: the discrepancies between men's and women's professional cycling may shock you!!
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!
Rockridge Branch Library
Oakland, CA 94618