Fort St. John library now lending sports equipment

Turns out you can borrow more than just books at the neighbourhood library these days. 

In Fort St. John, you can now borrow snowshoes, tennis rackets, croquet sets, dodgeballs, and everything you need for a pick-up game of football, soccer, or baseball.

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It's part of a new sports and recreation lending library program in partnership with Northern Health and Engage Sport North.

"Libraries exist to give equitable access to all resources to the people in our community," said library director Karlene Duncan. "It's a great way for people to try out different activities where costs might be a barrier."

Winter equipment includes snowshoes and trekking poles for youth and adults. This spring and summer, the library will have disc golf sets, rackets and pickleball paddles, baseball bases, soccer nets, flag football belts, and more to lend out.

Libraries have long been a hub of all types of resources, and are no longer just for books, Duncan said. Robotics is another area the library hopes to expand into in the future.

"There's definitely more potential for libraries to lend more things," Duncan said.

"For kids, we really want to get into lending robotics. We'd teach them how to use it here through our programming, then offer a lending library of things so they can take it home."

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[Editor's note: The snowshoes are reserved for this weekend's High on Ice festival, and re-available for public lending Feb. 18.]

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