Wednesday, May 14, 2008

DEPARTMENT OF GOOD STUFF

LIBRARIES LEND FISHING TACKLE

LISA VERNON-SPARKS, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL It might be the best-kept secret in the state. And you can check it out at the public library; that is, the public libraries in Coventry, Lincoln and Scituate - just in time for fishing season. Tucked in among the stacks of books are cabinets stuffed with fishing equipment: rods, reels, tackle boxes, hooks, lures, sinkers and floats. If you fancy taking a youngster or two out for a leisurely day of fishing without an outlay of money to get started, here’s your chance. All you need is a library card.

Three branches in the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network, CLAN, allow patrons to borrow a full complement of fishing equipment. The Coventry Public Library has 15 poles and tackle boxes for patrons to borrow for a week at a time. There are no immediate renewals to give as many people as possible a chance to use the poles. And if they’re returned late, the circulation desk will charge the same late fee as a book - 10 cents a day.

The fishing equipment is available year-round, but it’s during the month of May, with spring trout season at its peak and summer just around the corner, that interest begins to surface in borrowing the colorful poles and ready-packed tackle boxes, according to Lynn Blanchette, Coventry library director. . .

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