Bucks for Your Buddy (and you)

August 26, 2013 by  
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September is a time when libraries encourage people who don’t have a library card to get one.

This year, those who already have a BCPL card (there are 40,000+ in Boyd County and surrounding counties) can help, by bringing in a friend or family member (or both) to get a card. When you do, both you and the person you bring in will receive Library Bucks – you can spend them to pay off fines, make copies and send faxes. Bucks for Your Buddy (and you) will last throughout September at all BCPL branches.

Library Card Sign-Up Month has been around since 1987. It coincides with the return to the classroom, and so it’s also a good time to remind students (and parents) that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

In honor of the 30 days in September, here are 30 ways you can use your Boyd County Public Library card:


1. Request a book that you can’t find on the shelves. Search for the item in the online catalog at www.thebookplace.org. If we don’t have it in our system, then you can use our simple Interlibrary Loan Program to get it from another library across the U.S., and the world.
2. Use free public computers up to two hours per day at any BCPL branch.
3. Play a video game. We have Wii, WiiU, Xbox, Xbox360, PS2 and PS3 games. Starting around the holidays, we will be adding the new PS4 and XOne platforms (we’ll be phasing out the PS2 games then).
4. Get online homework help with Tutor.com.
5. Read any of dozens of newspapers. Enjoy a free cup of coffee (at the Kyova Branch) while you catch up on the news.
6. Download an ebook. Not sure how? Attend a class that shows you how, or pick up easy-to-follow instructions at any branch.
7. Trace your family tree. Visit the Minnie W. Winder room at the Main Branch, and let the genealogy experts there show you our amazing resources.
8. Renew your books online. You can also review a list of your checked out items and due dates, find out the status of your requests and if you have fines,
9. Take your child to a story time program at any branch. Or learn how to make something pretty for yourself at one of our adult craft programs.
10. Watch a romantic comedy or action film on a DVD or Blu-ray disc  you take home. You can also attend a movie program, and watch it on a large screen while you enjoy free refreshments.
11. Look for buried treasure after you checkout a metal detection (from our Checkout Your Community collection).
12. Get free wireless service at any library branch.
13. Go on a tour of the Ashland Fire Department with a pass from our Checkout Your Community collection.
14. Watch, read and listen to Bookflix – online children’s video storybooks!
15. Find a good book to read! Browse displays at all branches, ask one of our knowledgeable staff members or find recommendations online when you login with your library card number and select Novelist.
16. Listen to a country music, folk music or alternative rock CD.
17. Sign up for library notices by email and we’ll tell you when items are ready for pickup. We’ll also remind you when they are due back.
18. Reserve a meeting room for your non-profit organization or community group.
19. Take online practice tests for civil service exams, GED, ASVAB, SAT and more!  Log in with your library card and select Learning Express Practice Tests. From the same online resource, you can also improve your computer skills by learning Word, Excel, Outlook and more.
20. Download an audiobook.
21. Take the family to the Ashland Area YMCA. Family passes are in our Checkout Your Community collection.

22. Learn to speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and 32 other languages with free online courses.  Log in with your library card and select Mango Languages.
23. Find government information on topics such as social security, health insurance, federal benefits, consumer recalls, crime, housing programs and more.
24. Listen to “talking books” specially designed for the blind or visually impaired from the Talking Book Library.
25. Connect with the Library on Facebook, Twitter,  Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.
26. Save money with DIY auto repair information. Log in with your library card and select Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals. We also have them in-house.
27. Get help with resumes and job hunting.
28. Find the latest best sellers.
29. Is regular print hard to read? Try large print books.
30. Finally (and perhaps, most importantly), find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy!


Library cards are free for residents of Boyd County, and the surrounding Kentucky counties with which the library has reciprocal agreements, as well as Lawrence in Ohio; and Cabell and Wayne in West Virginia.

If you don’t already have a card, September is the perfect time to get one. And, if you do, then bring in a friend to get one and you can both earn some bucks!

Leigh Scaggs

About Leigh Scaggs

A long time supporter of digital emancipation and proclaimer of obfuscatory testaments, I have been a proud supporter of bits and bytes for nearly 20 years. With that much chronological highway behind me I'm cognizant enough of the fact that advancing age does kill brain cells and observant enough to notice that it's only killing the weak ones.

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