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Reading is a weighty affair next week at the Hardin County Public Library.
The Elizabethtown and Radcliff branches plan to celebrate National Library Week from Monday to April 20 by giving patrons a raffle ticket for every one pound of books checked out during that week.
Library employees will weigh books at checkout and keep track of entries until both branches combined have checked out 2,000 pounds, one ton, in books.
A drawing is supposed to take place then.
The drawing is meant to go with the week’s theme, “Let’s Read a Ton of Books,” adult services librarian Rebekah Akers said.
After the first raffle, another drawing is scheduled for every subsequent ton of books checked out.
Prizes might include books, music and movies, Akers said.
Giveaways often are good incentives to bring new readers to the library to see all that’s offered there, and to reward loyal patrons, she said.
Circulation numbers might be boosted by the event, she said.
Akers expects to reach the goals for drawing fairly quickly.
“It didn’t take a whole lot of books to make a pound,” she said.
Akers hopes the week reminds local residents of all the materials offered at the library branches and important services, such as the bookmobile and free Internet and computer use.
“With it being National Library Week, it’s nice to have people recognize the importance of the public library in the community,” she said.
The library also is a great resource for classes about tai chi, business, gardening and other topics, Akers said.
“If there are things people want to learn, we at some point address them,” she said.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or email@example.com.