Oh, the stuff you can do!!

October 22, 2013 by  
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Just in time for Halloween – use your Boyd County Public Library card to checkout a ghost-hunting kit!

A kit to explore paranormal activities is just one of the many new and unusual items in the Checkout Your Community program at BCPL. Other items you might not expect to be able to take home with your library card include night vision goggles, metal detectors, fishing poles and a Frisbee golf set.

We also recently added chess and checkers sets to the collection. CYC logo with yellow

It’s all part of our philosophy at BCPL to let patrons check out experiences that take them beyond the physical walls of the library. Yes, that experience could be found in a book, but it could also be discovered by checking out a pass to tour the Ashland Fire Department, or by playing a few games at the Ashland Tennis Center, or by exploring the many fitness activities at the Ashland Area YMCA.

The goal of this new lending program, which was launched in July, is simple: 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. So far the response has been incredible. “Wow,” “Cool” and “Are you serious?” are just some of the reactions we’ve gotten from patrons when they first learn about Checkout Your Community.

The Catlettsburg police and fire departments recently joined our eight inaugural community partners by offering tours of their facilities to anyone who checks out a pass. The other partners and their offerings are: Ashland Police Department (tour); Ashland Fire Department (tour); Ashland Tennis Center (outside court time); Ashland Area YMCA (family pass); Neon Links mini golf at the Kyova Mall (discounted family pass); Kyova Mall (free kiosk rental); and Highlands Museum & Discovery Center (family pass). A pass to Dawson Pool had been available during the summer months, thanks to our partner, Ashland Parks & Recreation.

There are many other sporting and recreational equipment items from which to choose, too, such as volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, tennis rackets and binoculars

Everything in the collection 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.

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.

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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