John Nalan

I want to ride my bike

I want to ride my bicycle

I want to ride it where I like

Lyrics from the Queen song “Bicycle Race” have been popping into my mind quite a bit at work lately. The reason is that everywhere I look at the library I either see actual bicycles, books about cycling, or the new Queen movie we have on DVD, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The actual bikes I see are in two different places. First, we are a pick up and drop off location again this summer for the Community Bike Share that Get Fit Itasca sponsors. We have bright red bicycles parked out front. They have baskets for carrying your shopping and locks to keep them safe. Anyone is invited to use one of the bikes for the day and bring it back. It is free. Just come into the library to get a key.

The second place I see people using a bike at the library is by our picture windows overlooking the Mississippi River. We have a new desk bike that is set up inside with a great view of the river. It is an exercise bike with a desk attached that was donated by our Friends of the Library group. The idea is not to use the bike so intensely that you begin to sweat, but rather the desk is a great place to set your laptop, notebook, or writing paper so that you can keep your legs moving while you work. They are getting to be very popular, so you could even try ours out for a spin before you buy your own.

We have a lot of books about biking as well. One of the most popular is called “The Original Mountain Bike Book.” It covers what to look for in a mountain bike, skills you will need for riding, and bike repair advice.

One of my favorites is called “Slaying the Badger” by Richard Moore. It tells the epic story of the 1986 Tour de France where American Greg LeMond fought a two-week battle with teammate and defending champion Bernard Hinault. I like the book because it is filled with intrigue, treachery, and betrayal.

We have a variety of books on bike riding for wellness and enjoyment as well as books for the more serious rider who is looking for cycling techniques and training programs. We also have books to help you prepare for competing in triathlons, marathons, and other types of races.

We have subscriptions for close to 200 magazines and “Bike Magazine” is one of them. It contains the latest information on a variety of biking topics. It is a perfect thing to read on our comfy chairs if it is too wet outside to ride. And when summer arrives, we are conveniently located right near the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge they are currently building across the Mississippi River.

Our copy of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” DVD has been a little hard to find in the library. It is checked out a lot. Fortunately, we can place a hold on any item that isn’t in the library right now. We will be happy to call, email, or text you when it is returned and then keep the item just for you on our hold shelf for a week until you can bicycle in and pick it up. Happy riding.

Coming up @ your library

May 25- 27, Memorial Day Weekend

The library will be closed on Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day weekend. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 28.

May 30, Summer Events and Attractions Program, 6 p.m.  

Learn about all the big events and attractions happening in our community this summer. Explore the interesting local activities and traditional events planned for our community this summer. The program is geared for both visitors and residents. Plus - Chad’s Meat Wagon will be here.

June 8, Yoga on the Lawn, 9 a.m.  

Join Nicole Hoops by the river next to the library for the first session of our popular Yoga on the Lawn series. The river is beautiful in the morning. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. We will move indoors in case of rain.


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