Pedal & Petal Power

Posted May 15, 2015

Power up your spring with pedal/petal power, that is cycling and gardening.  It’s National Bike to Work Week and there’s no better time than the present to start your garden.  This week’s #FridayReads include a few titles to get you motivated to enjoy the season to the fullest.


The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need to Know Skills & Strategies for Biking in the City by Yvonne Bambrick

From bike racks to bike lanes, cycling has made its way into our communities, but because cities were designed for automobiles, navigating congested streets can be tricky.  Well, cycling enthusiast Yvonne Bambrick has just the thing to help you steer clear of all those challenges and obstacles while following the rules of the road.  Covering topics like choosing a bike, basic maintenance, safety, security, and etiquette, Bambrick highlights the benefits of biking with illustrations.  Pocket-sized and accessible, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide will leave you feeling more confident and educated so you can better enjoy your ride.     

Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by Melinda Myers

Here is a book written specifically for gardeners in Wisconsin.  This twelve-chaptered book covers each month of year illustrating how proper care and correct timing will ensure successful results.  Perfect for beginner to intermediate gardeners, Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin covers both landscape and vegetable gardening like lawns, shrubs, and trees to annuals, bulbs, roses, herbs, and vegetables.   And horticulture expert Melinda Myers provides plant-specific information and step-by-step instructions including watering, fertilizing, and pruning care plans.  Well-organized and thorough, Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin is a must read for all Wisconsin gardeners.

The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle by the editors of Bicycling Magazine

In just six short essays, The Noblest Invention covers a slew of information about, you’ve guessed it, bicycles.  From the origins and evolution of bikes to fun facts like how Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was moved along by cycling, this coffee table book has over 300 photographs.  With a forward by Lance Armstrong, The Noblest Invention features stories from additional notable cyclists like Greg Lemond, Jacques Anquetil, and Miguel Indurian about a child’s first bike, historical insights and engineering advancements, and the impact that bicycling has on the world.  Fun to flip through or read front to back, this book will reach bicycling enthusiasts and those looking to learn more about the sport.


Gardening with Young Children by Sara Starbuck, Marla Olthof, and Karen Midden

Today, children are susceptible to many ills like obesity, depression, and deficits from nature, but Gardening with Young Children features cultivation trends that can be used to instill a love in youth for the great outdoors.  With colorful photographs and a hands-on approach, Starbuck, Olthof, and Midden provide thirty activities to expand learning and imagination.  Whether you live in a rural area or an urban setting, this book is perfect for parents, grandparents, and teachers with children up to eight years of age, and you don’t have to have a green thumb or be an expert to enjoy with the fun this book elicits.

And don’t forget to check out our display by the Information Desk for more great titles!

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