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Bicycle Journeys

Recommended Reading from the Shelves of the DC Public Library

Outpedaling the Big C: My Healing Cycle across America by Elizabeth McGowan 

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Bicycle Journeys

Epic adventures on two wheels

Are you a metro-area bicycle commuter who dreams of strapping a set of panniers onto your bike and heading far from the madding crowd? One needn’t be a cyclist to enjoy a tale of long-distance cycling – experience perhaps doesn’t even help the enjoyment. The books below are a combination of first-person narratives of explorations of undiscovered territories, both external and internal, and well-researched histories of epic journeys across continents.

Let's Dance!

Twinkle Toes

Dance books for kids

Are your kids tired of staying inside, or are you a young person in search of a cool summer activity? Try dancing at home! This collection of story books and non-fiction books for toddlers and grade school-aged children is sure to get anyone tapping and twirling.

Meditate with Me

Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids

We live in stressful times, and while adults may feel it acutely, children are not immune to the stressors of school, family, friendships and internal pressures. Whether toddler or tween, kids can benefit from mindfulness practices, meditation and yoga.

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Running and Runners

Books for and about runners

Are you an aspiring runner in need of guidance? An occasional jogger who sometimes needs a push to get out the door and onto the road or trail? Or a dedicated veteran runner who wants a little inspiration? The books below provide advice on equipment, running technique, training programs and tales of runners whose performances have made the sport what it is today.

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What I Read About When I Read About Running

Running-Related Nonfiction to Get You Motivated On Hard Days

I love running, but that doesn't mean I don't struggle to get out and actually go for a run as often as I'd like to. Whether it’s too cold, or too hot, or too dark, or I’m tired, or I have more important things to do, or I have less important, but more interesting things to do, I can come up with plenty of excuses. That’s where books about running come in. It turns out that nothing gets me excited for a run quite like reading about someone else’s run. If I’m really lucky, there’s an audiobook version available and I can read while I run.

Becoming a Yoga Instructor

Introduction to Yoga

As we welcome the new year and make resolutions, many of us will pursue new forms of exercise and ways to get in touch with our mind and body. A popular way is through yoga. Yoga, a physical and spiritual practice that originated in India, can be practiced at home or with others in group class settings. However, you don't need to buy a membership or any fancy equipment to explore yoga and learn more about the practice. 

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An Intro To The World of Soccer

For a long time, soccer has been the most popular sport in many places all over the world. Much of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia are crazy for the game. It seems as though the United States was resistant to it for a long time, but it has slowly but surely been gaining momentum here.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Young Adult Female Athletes

Whatever girls and women set out to accomplish, we can achieve.  Some women are artists, some are writers, some explore new heights, some are intellectuals, some are revolutionaries. These books are about girls and women who are athletes. While professional athletes are lauded for their accomplishments, being an amateur may seem mundane, but few things in life are easy or simple. These are the stories of ten teen athletes working to overcome all odds as they chase their dreams.

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