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In a borough where bikes and books are ubiquitous, the Brooklyn Public Library’s daylong bike tour through the Kings County’s 60 branches is a match made in heaven.

Cyclists partaking in the first-ever “Bike the Branches” are welcome to hit up as many branches as they can from Coney Island to Greenpoint, in the self-guided ride to raise money for the libraries that officials claim are in need of $230 million in repairs.

“By visiting the dozens of neighborhoods we serve across the borough, participants in Bike the Branches can help us provide the program our patrons need, like story times for toddlers, resume writing workshops, and WiFi access for jobseekers,” said president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library Linda E. Johnson.

The library has curated suggested routes for two-wheelers that highlight the borough’s waterfront, library architecture, culinary delights, and even literary history for those who want to stick to a specific path.

Library officials will dole out “passports” to two-wheelers so they can get them stamped at whichever branches they choose to visit that day between 10 am to 5 pm, with Select libraries offering special family-friendly activities and programming.

The day will end at the finish line at the Central library at Grand Army Plaza where there will be a celebratory party from 5 to 7 pm featuring music, entertainment and prizes.

The Coney Island branch and Gerristen Beach branch are still closed due to damages from Hurricane Sandy.

“Bike the Branches” finishing at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch [10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, misc.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb]. May 11, 10 am–5 pm, adults $20, students $15, children under 17 $10, family group price $40, team up to 10 $150.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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