Tomorrow: Bike hop between book houses with Brooklyn Public Library’s “Bike The Branches”

Think of it as a pub crawl, only you’re getting drunk on books and libraries while “crawling” along on a bike.

The first annual Bike The Branches bike ride is tomorrow, May 11, and there is still time to sign up. Participants get to

Registration costs $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children. Families can ride together for $40 and teams of up to 10 people can register for $150. All proceeds go to support  library services throughout the Brooklyn Public Library network.

Each rider can choose his or her own route and set a leisurely pace, but everyone will receive a “passport” listing all the library branches, along with suggested tours. Optional tours include:

  • Along the Waterfront: Explore the coastline communities and take in spectacular views of New York Harbor. Stops include libraries damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including Coney Island and Gerritsen Beach, which remain closed for repairs.
  • Literary Brooklyn: Visit some of the borough’s literary landmarks in the neighborhoods that authors like Walt Whitman and Paule Marshall called home.
  • Brooklyn’s Baseball: View great moments in Brooklyn’s baseball history, including Joe Torre’s childhood home and Greenwood Cemetery, where the “father of Baseball” Henry Chadwick is buried.
  • Brooklyn Eats!: Brooklyn is home to delicious food from across the world. Ride through neighborhoods with some of the best local fare, from Brooklyn’s China Town in Sunset Park to the West Indian and Caribbean enclave in East Flatbush.

Several branches will have special programming and the Finish Line Celebration will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, where there will be live music from Brooklyn-based rock band, The Skins, and prizes such as bike gear and tickets to Great Googamooga and Brooklyn Boulders.

Bike the Branches is part of Brooklyn Public Library’s annual Support the Branches fundraising drive. All proceeds from Support the Branches and Bike the Branches help fund BrooklynPublic Library’s work to bring vital services, resources and programs to every neighborhood in Brooklyn. The event is sponsored by Bike New York, Citi Bike, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), Transportation Alternatives and Powerade.

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