Brooklyn Public Library Hosts ‘Bike The Branches’ Fundraiser

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting “Bike the Branches,” a day-long bike tour through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries, on Saturday, May 11 (rain date: May 18). Proceeds will support Brooklyn library services, including programming, technology and collections.

Riders set their own route and pace, although BPL will offer suggested routes that focus on the waterfront, literary history and library architecture. Select branches along the way will offer programing and activities, including music, magic shows and a transportation workshop.

The tour ends at the Central Library Branch in Grand Army Plaza, with music, entertainment and prizes from 5-7 p.m.. Registration for the tour is $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. Sign-up is available at BPL.

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  • Wiley E.

    Let’s just try to distract people from the real issue at hand – the BPL is trying to give away your public library property to profit the greedy politically connected real estate developers.

    Wonderful packaging scam this bike ride. Let’s give this bike-idea-generator a Bloomberg Cash Bonus, and a wonderful discounted condo reservation on Clinton and Cadman Plaza West. Ride-On!

  • Park Lover

    With a condescending “you don’t understand” headshake from the BPL trustees and ED. “We just have no choice but to roll over for Bloomberg’s underfund-then-takeover scheme, instead of advocating for our patrons!”

  • marsha rimler

    This is a sorry attempt to change the subject. Why should the public contribute to an organization that has planned to destroy our library and give the public land it is built on (originally seized by eminent domain and part of an urban renewal plan) to a connected developer to make big bucks. Where is the money from this sorry fundraiser going??

  • Michael D. D. White

    It is a said thing to tell but because the Bloomberg administration has been intentional starving the system financially people can’t actually give money to the system with any assurance their gifts will have effect: For every dollar they give, the Bloomberg administration is free to make compensating reductions. So for now, booksales, a Brooklyn Public Library “Bike The Branches” fundraiser, whatever, all these things go for naught. The reason that the Bloomberg administration is starving the libraries creating such futility this way is to manufacture excuses to sell libraries off to create real estate deals benefitting developers, not the public. Examples: Donnell, the similar Brooklyn Heights Library sale, the consolidating shrinkage of the Central Library Plan in Manhattan and Pacific Street. More sales and shrinkage are coming. Citizens Defending Libraries has a petition with more than 10.000 signatures, most of them online, protesting this objectionable state of affairs. Until we turn this around people should withhold money raised for the libraries requiring assurance the practice of sales and shrinkage halt before giving any of it to the BPL or NYPL.

  • Justine Swartz

    The Greedy will inherit the Earth!

  • Wiley E.

    Oh, yeah! Maybe not.