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Library to introduce patrons to activities, organizations

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

ASHLAND -- Boyd County Public Library's new Checkout Your Community program kicks off July 1.

Checkout Your Community program is a new lending program designed to introduce library card holders to the community's activities and organizations by allowing them to check out a pass or equipment to try an activity that interests them.

The community is invited to a Block Party to kickoff the initiative at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1, just outside the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. There will be free hot dogs, drinks and inflatables. Those who attend will also receive a Checkout Your Community Frisbee.

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

Outside groups and organizations provided support include: 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); 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," Director Debbie Cosper said in a release. "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.

Library card holders can place a hold on any of the items or passes by searching "Checkout Your Community" in the BCPL catalog, which can be found at www.thebookplace.org

For more information, call Circulation Supervisor Ben Nunley at 606-329-0518, Ext. 1210.