Join the INclusive Boone County Public Library Country Club – you’ve already paid your membership fee, shouldn’t you take advantage of it? No, we don’t have a golf course, tennis courts, or a pool, but we do have five locations where you can meet your friends and get to know other people in your community. The Library is a place where you can socialize, isn’t that what a country club is really all about?
Let’s get the money part over first. Doesn’t everyone want to know up front what something costs? Your fee to be a member of this INclusive club is just 5.2 cents for every one hundred dollars of your property’s value, paid in taxes to the Library. The taxes you would pay for a $175,100 home* (the average value of a home in Boone County according to American Fact Finder) would be $91.05 per year. That’s just $7.59 a month and covers everyone who lives in your home. Figure out how much you pay and the value of the Library services you use at http://www.bcpl.org/about/calculators/
Let me tell you about some of the amenities this fabulous library/country club has to offer!
Friendship and community are the pillars of any club. Not only can you come to the club and check out books, but you can meet your friends and fellow club members for a cup of coffee, game of bridge, book discussion or even for lunch! Did you know that we have a café inside the Main Library? Battaglia Deli & Café is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (3 p.m. on Saturday)
- Professional staff
Need help researching your family tree, downloading eBooks to your eReader, or finding sources for a paper? Make a one-on-one appointment with one of BCPL’s professional reference staff – they love this stuff!
- Meeting rooms
As a BCPL cardholder, you are welcome to reserve a meeting room for your business, organization or agency to use – just another perk of membership!
Bring your laptop and connect to Wi-Fi at the Main Library, Chapin Memorial Library, Scheben, Florence, or Walton Branch. Forgot your laptop? Use one of our computers or laptops – they all have Internet access and MS Office.
- Cultural events, classes, exhibits and live concerts
Looking for something to do? Bring the family to the “club!” The Library offers a wealth of fun and educational activities for all ages. Sign up to receive Discover, the Library’s newsletter, by mail or email http://www.bcpl.org/events/ (scroll to the bottom of the page).
You probably think I’m joking, but I’m not. Both the Scheben Branch and the Main Library have been used as wedding venues! No, we don’t have room for lots of guests, but a simple wedding with a couple witnesses and a Justice of the Peace under the dome of the Main Library might be right for you!
- Little things
It could be the warm and familiar greeting of the staff member who smiles at you when you enter the building. Or how about the librarian who knows which authors you like to read and lets you know when they have a new book out. Library staff work very hard getting to know you and keeping you happy.
Just in case you aren’t convinced yet, here are seven more perks to using the Library:
- We don’t discriminate – anyone can join!
- Five “country club” locations, spread throughout Boone County
- Informal dress code – jacket and tie not required.
- Quiet study rooms available for your use
- Freegal – enjoy five free and legal music downloads a week and keep them forever! http://www.bcpl.org/digital/
- Read magazines for free on your device with our subscription to Zinio.
- Did I mention books?
When you join Boone County Public Library, you are joining a family. The staff of BCPL are committed to making the Library your home away from home. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, and you will usually find a friend or neighbor enjoying a book in a comfy chair at Walton, in a storytime with their children at Scheben, dancing in the aisle during a concert at Main, on a computer at Florence, or chatting with one of our staff members at Chapin. We want you to feel at home at BCPL, and our first-rate facilities and impeccable service will keep you coming back time after time. You’ve already paid your membership fee, so stop by today, pick up your Library card and start using YOUR Library!
PR Coordinator Becky Kempf has been telling people about the Library for thirteen years. When she isn’t busy evangelizing about books, reading, and the Library’s concert series, she’s out photographing dogs, birds, rusty old cars and her grandchildren.