2017 Gira de Libro Library Tour by Bicycle

4th Annual Gira de Libro icon of cyclists riding bicycles

Join us for the fourth annual Gira de Libro Library Tour by Bicycle on Saturday, May 13, 9:00 AM.

Child's bicycle with Gira de Libro number plate on handlebars

The ride will visit the following libraries:


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Ride Details

Gira de Libro rest stop outside Edenvale Branch Library

The Tour date is Saturday, May 13, 2017. Participants may begin arriving at 9:00 AM, at the Vineland Branch Library. Wheels hit the road at 10:00 AM.

From 9:00 – 10:00 AM Good Karma Bikes will join us to do quick bicycle inspections and maintenance.

The 15 mile route will start and finish at the Vineland Branch at 1450 Blossom Hill Road.

Route map available on MapMyRide

Tentative Schedule

  •   9:00 AM Check-in at Vineland Branch
  • 10:00 AM Wheels hit the road
  • 10:30 AM Arrive Cambrian Branch
  • 11:30 AM Arrive Pearl Avenue Branch*
  •   1:10 PM Arrive Almaden Branch
  •   2:15 PM Arrive Vineland Branch
  •   2:45 PM Finis

Library stops will include library tours, snacks and activities.

*NOTE: Longer stop at Pearl Avenue Branch for light lunch provided by San Jose Public Library.

Stuff to Bring

Group of cyclists pose in front of a library branch.

In addition to having a bicycle in good working condition, please bring your own following items for a more comfortable and safer ride:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Bike helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Layers and/or weather appropriate clothing

NOTE: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of inclement weather.

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Gira de Libro participants on their way to Pearl Avenue Branch via Martial Cottle Park

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Why Bicycle Library Tours?

The Gira de Libro Library Tour by Bicycle is a fun tour for library lovers and bicycle enthusiasts. With the growing momentum of bicycle awareness, advocacy and infrastructure in Silicon Valley, libraries are pursuing innovative bicycle-related services and programming. Hosting library bicycle tours increases the visibility of our libraries and gets librarians out into the community.

Library bicycle tours appeal to a broad demographic including young adults, adults and families. They bring people of all ages together and highlight the importance and significance of the library's role in the community and in bringing people together. Additionally, library bicycle tours get people of all ages out of cars and moving, showing that bicycling is a viable means of transportation to the library and everyday use.

What's in a name?

The name of the Tour, Gira de Libro Library Tour by Bicycle, is a play on the name of the famous Italian professional road bike stage race, Giro D'Italia ,which starts May 5. SJPL's Gira de Libro roughly translates to "turns of the book" or "book tour."

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