In 2013, bikes were popular with public library patrons

Bikes at the library

By ARIAN SMEDLEY Messenger staff journalist

If you had to guess, what do you think was the most popular item borrowed from Athens County’s public libraries in 2013? Perhaps a blockbuster movie, like “Hunger Games”? Or maybe a popular read, like “Fifty Shades of Gray” by E.L. James?
Not even close.

In perhaps a sign of the changing role of the public library, the most popular item borrowed was a bicycle.
“I was a little surprised,” said James Hill, assistant director of the Athens County Public Libraries. “I expected maybe something by Janet Evanovich. You just never know what to expect.”