Library has fishing poles that can be checked out
Instead of just reading up on fishing, patrons can try their hands at the pastime by checking out fishing poles from the library.
The library is teaming with the Missouri Department of Conservation to get poles to interested anglers through the department’s “Discover Nature Fishing” program. The state agency has placed fishing poles in libraries and other public institutions across the state to encourage children and families to go fishing, said Eric Dennis, a fisheries management biologist in the St. Joseph regional office.
Both the Belt Branch and the Savannah Branch have four adult size and four youth-sized Zebco poles to offer patrons. The poles come with small tackle boxes that include lures and extra hooks. The poles can be checked out for three weeks and can be re-checked up to two times, as long as other patrons aren’t waiting for them.
Anglers also need to purchase fishing licenses, which are available at many businesses throughout Andrew and Buchanan counties and online at online at www.mdc.mo.gov/epermits.