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Interested in transportation? Have a fondness for history? Enjoy art?

At the Central Library this summer, you can indulge those three passions -- all at once.

The big boxy library on Lafayette Square will play host, starting this month, to a series of transportation-themed events.

The series, intended as a complement to the "Art on Wheels" public art project in Buffalo Niagara this summer season, will also extend into October.

Best of all? Events in the series -- called, cutely, by the title "Sprockets to Rockets" -- are free. No reservations necessary.

" 'Art on Wheels' is going to be enormously popular," said Ami Patrick, a library spokeswoman. "We're really proud to be selected as a site for 'Art on Wheels,' and we want to bring people into the library -- we want to make it a destination."

Things will get rolling Saturday during a day of programming called "Buffalo's Bicycles."

At 1 p.m., artist and educator John Baker will unveil his piece of big outdoor sculpture for the "Art on Wheels" project -- the work takes a bike for its subject.

Go see the unveiling or drive by and check out Baker's work -- which will be hard to miss, considering it's going to be perched on the Washington Street entrance ramp to the Central Library.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, local author Carl Burgwardt will give a talk called "Buffalo's Bicycles" in the library's Ring of Knowledge area and afterward sign copies of his book on the subject. Burgwardt is director of the Pedaling History Museum, a bicycle museum in Orchard Park.

Then, at 2 p.m. in the library's West Room, kids are invited to a special program to learn about bicycle safety -- and create personalized bike decorations.

A look ahead at the "Sprockets to Rockets" schedule reveals that June will bring an airplane emphasis. "The Wright Stuff Started Here" is the name of that exhibit and event series.

Watch the paper -- or check the library's Web site at -- for details.


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