Checkout … a kiosk?

November 19, 2013 by  
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It won’t be long until many of us are spending many hours in local stores and malls, trying to find that perfect gift for someone special. Heck, some of you have probably already started your shopping, and maybe even finished.

But not counting those over-achieving shoppers who will be lounging around watching movies and sipping egg nog during the next month, or those who do their shopping from in front of a computer, there will still be an abundance of folks shopping amid the festive decorations and piped-in holiday music at the local malls.kyova kiosk 2

If you are a seller, or want to get information out to the community, it’s a prime time to connect with people

Boyd County Public Library has the perfect vehicle to make that connection – the ability to checkout a kiosk at the Kyova Mall – free for one week. All you need is a BCPL card, with which you can checkout the kiosk rental pass in our Checkout Your Community collection.

Do you make something that you think people would like to buy? Do you work for an organization that is looking for volunteers? Set up your merchandise or information at the mall kiosk and see what happens! What have you got to lose?

The kiosk is located in front of the BCPL branch in the mall, near Sears and Elder-Beerman. Anyone is allowed to use it, as long as what they are selling is not in direct competition with a mall store, said Chrissy Dillow, general manager of the Kyova Mall.

The kiosk rental is ideal for school groups, organizations like the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, people who make craft items, and even those who have home-based sales businesses, like Avon or 31 Purses. If you are selling food items, you must first get approval from the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department.

The kiosk is available anytime the mall is open. Anyone who uses it is responsible for their own items. The mall does not provide security for items left in the kiosk, Dillow said.

The kiosk rental is one of the many unique items available for checkout through BCPL’s community lending program, called Checkout Your Community. It allows library patrons to checkout passes, equipment and experiences that let them better explore their community.

To use the kiosk pass, just call the Kyova Mall office at 606.928.3835, ext. 202, to reserve your week – and make sure what you are selling is allowed.

Other outside groups and organizations that are a part of Checkout Your Community. include: Ashland Tennis Center (outside court time); Ashland Area YMCA (family pass); Neon Links mini golf at the Kyova Mall (discounted family pass); Highlands Museum & Discovery Center (family pass); and City of Ashland Parks & Recreation (Dawson Pool pass in the summer months). The fire and police departments in Ashland and Catlettsburg also give tours to anyone who checks out a pass from the library, and calls to schedule it.

One brand new addition (should begin this week or next) is a pass that lets you schedule a free appointment with a Do-It-Yourself professional at Gibbs True Value Hardware in Ashland to discuss and plan your upcoming project. But more on that later.

The items available for checkout through the program include: night-vision goggles, metal detectors, walkie talkies, chess and checkers sets, volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, tennis rackets, fishing poles, binoculars and Frisbee golf equipment.

All of the items and passes can be checked out for a maximum of seven days. And, of course, the library has books and other related materials on everything.

Library card holders can place a hold on the Kyova Mall kiosk or any of the other items or passes by searching “Checkout Your Community” in the BCPL catalog. Just click here!

To find out more about Checkout Your Community, or become a part of it, please call Circulation Supervisor Ben Nunley at 606.329.0518, ext. 1210.

 

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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