At my library we have Saturday Surprise once a week. It’s a program for children 6-12. Months in advance, you sign up for which Saturday you’d like. Anyway, my latest Saturday Surprise program was about Bicycle Safety and Repair.
I contacted the Baptist Medical Safe Kids program and they agreed to come out to talk about bike safety, show a safety video, and fit and give out twenty free bike helmets.
Then I contacted my friends who volunteer at a Bicycle Co-Op called Zombie Bikes. I knew these people because my record store (now closed – http://deadtank.wordpress.com) shared a building with the bike shop, and helped to sponsor the retail space for Zombie in it’s infancy. Anyway, the Zombie bike volunteers were very excited about coming out and teaching the kids some simple repair techniques for bikes, as well as just learning the parts of the bike.
The class was limited to twenty, and easily had enough people sign up. Below is a copy of the flyer advertising the class.
Here are some photos from the class. These were taken by Jenny from Jaxscene.
Here is the link to more photos at Jaxscene.
Click on the photo and it leads to more in the flickr account.
Also, the Bikejax people were also there and took some pictures.
We’re planning on having the Zombie Bikes people back soon – hopefully turning this into a regular program on bike safety and repair for kids.
Try something similar at your branch! Many local bike shops would jump at the chance for the free publicity!