2017-06-15 / Front Page

Library Loan Program provides free tickets to several attractions

While most people recognize the Lincoln County Library as a quiet haven where they can peruse books and magazines, there’s something else buried within the library’s resources that could make even the most avid of readers put down their favorite, dog-eared hardback and break for the outdoors.

It’s the Library Loan Program, and in cooperation with Georgia state parks and historic sites, the Go Fish Education Center, and Zoo Atlanta, patrons can visit all of these entities for free – all that’s needed is a library card.

“It’s a good way to engage people in exploring the natural world when they may not have an opportunity otherwise to do so,” Library Direc­tor Shirley Dawkins said.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources distributes two park passes a year to all libraries on the Georgia Pines System. Up to four visitors in possession of this pass will be admitted at no charge to any historic site operated by Georgia state parks, recreation, and historic sites. Patrons should be wary, however, because the pass has a daily late fee of $3. If it’s lost or stolen, there is a $50 replacement fine.

At the Go Fish Education Cen­ter in Perry, patrons can explore freshwater aquariums full of bass, trout, and a variety of other species, along with viewing underwater habitats from mountain streams to blackwater swamps. Guests can even visit the center’s hatchery, and learn how fish are raised.

The center hosts alligators and other aquatic wildlife, and invites people to partake in their fishing and hunting simulators, or utilize their outdoor fishing pond.

The pass for the Go Fish Educa­tion Center is good for up to four people.

Library patrons can access zoo passes by requesting the Zoo At­lanta Pass DVD. Upon returning the DVD, a librarian will then pro­vide an authorized receipt on which patrons fill out their name. Presen­tation of the receipt at Zoo Atlanta then allows for two adults and two children to enter the park.

Passes to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University offer patrons the opportunity to explore many culturally diverse collections and exhibits. The museum sets to preserve art and artifacts from antiquity to the present in order to provide unique opportunities for education and enrichment in the community, and to promote inter­disciplinary teaching and research at Emory University.

The Lincoln County Library also offers a 25 percent discount pass card for The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Up to four are ad­mitted with a ticket that includes a family series performance, a create-a-puppet workshop, and a tour of the puppetry museum.

Discounts tickets to the Georgia Aquarium are also available at the library.

Those interested in checking out a pass with the Library Loan Program must be in good standing, which is having a minimum $10 fine on their record. Pass holders may also be required to show iden­tification, and are subject to all site rules and regulations implemented by the individual entities participat­ing in the Library Loan Program.

For more information, contact the Lincoln County Library at 706- 359-4014.

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