Checkout Your Community

June 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, News

What started as an idea to let library patrons checkout passes to the local museum has grown into an innovative new program designed to let the community discover … well, the community.CYC logo

Checkout Your Community program is a new lending program designed to introduce library card holders (BCPL has more than 40,000) to the community’s activities and organizations by allowing them to check out a pass or equipment to try an activity that interests them.

Many of the items that are available for checkout can be used in Ashland’s Central Park, just adjacent to Main, including volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and tennis rackets. There are also fishing poles, binoculars and Frisbee golf equipment. All of the items can be checked out for a maximum of seven days. And, of course, the library has books on all of these topics – for those who need some instruction before they play.

Outside groups and organizations are also an important part of Checkout Your Community. Our inaugural partners include: Ashland Tennis Center (outside court time); Ashland Area YMCA (family pass); Neon Links mini golf at the Kyova Mall (discounted passes); Kyova Mall (free kiosk rental); Highlands Museum & Discovery Center (family pass); and City of Ashland Parks & Recreation (Dawson Pool pass).

Also, the Ashland Fire Department and Ashland Police Department will give tours to anyone who checks out a pass from the library, and calls to schedule it.

“We hope this is just the beginning,” said BCPL Director Debbie Cosper. “We are pleased that our inaugural partners were willing to get on board with this from the beginning, and we are excited about all the possible partnerships we can have with this.”

The idea for Checkout Your Community came from the library’s ongoing partnership with the Highlands Museum, which includes allowing library card holders to check out family passes. Museum passes have been available for several months, and the response to those has been tremendous.

The initiative compliments BCPL’s mission, which is “to provide quality resources and access to information for all users.” The community is full of quality resources, and many people, for whatever reason, cannot afford to explore those resources, or simply haven’t taken the time, Cosper said

Library card holders can place a hold on any of the items or passes by searching “Checkout Your Community” in the BCPL catalog – just click here to get started.

The case containing each community pass contains a list library materials and community resources related to the item being checked out.

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.







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