Lisa Foley, from left, David Young and Michael Foley were the first people to take advantage of Bossard Memorial Library’s new Book-a-Bike service. Made possible by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, via the State Library of Ohio, the program,which launched Tuesday, encourages people to borrow one of the library’s 10 new bicycles for riding in town or on Gallia County’s Rails to Trails bike path. To borrow equipment, a user must have a good-standing Bossard Library card, be at least 18 years of age and complete a lending agreement. Bicycles may be borrowed for up to three hours at a time. No more than three bicycles may be borrowed on a patron’s card at any one time. All riders ages 18 and older must sign the lending agreement, regardless of whose library card is used to borrow the bicycles. For library patrons younger than 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a consent form along with the lending agreement and must accompany the minor for the duration of the bike rental period. For more information about the program, see the Sunday Times-Sentinel story published April 19 or call the library, 740-446-7323.

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