2018-06-07 / Front Page

Library Loan Program offers discounts to patrons for state parks, historic sites

Everyone knows the Lincoln County Library is where you can go and, with a library card, get any book you want at no charge, as long as you bring it back.

But it’s almost summer, and the outside beckons. No matter how much you may like to read, some­times you just want to go to the playground, to the zoo, to the lake, or somewhere.

Did you know you can do it with your library card?

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

Visitors need to be careful, how­ever, because the pass has a daily late fee of $3. If it’s lost or stolen, there’s a hefty $50 replacement charge. Remember to check all re­strictions to avoid disappointment; for example, the zoo pass can be used only once a year per family.

If you’re going to be near Perry, Georgia, your park pass will let you visit the Go Fish Education Center for free. The pass is good for up to six people. 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.

Everyone loves the zoo, and any­one who hasn’t been to Zoo Atlanta is missing a real treat. Especially if it’s free. 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. The pass is now redeemable only from Monday through Friday, and you must use it within a set time. Presentation of the receipt at Zoo Atlanta allows for two adults and two children to enter the park. For further information, check the website https://zooatlanta.org/ tickets/library-pass-program/.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta also offers free passes for up to six people. This museum is known as the southern premier museum of ancient art, having some 17,000 ar­tifacts from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, the Americas, Asia, and Africa, as well as works on paper from the Renaissance to the present day.

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.

Those interested in checking out a pass with the Library Loan Program must be in good standing, which means having no more than a $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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