You can check out thousands of books from the Rhinelander District Library, but you do need to return them. Now, the library hopes you stop by to take and keep one of the most important documents in our nation's history.
The library is giving out free pocket copies of the Constitution this week. Director Virginia Roberts started the program last year and ordered 100 more copies this year for Constitution Week, which started Sept. 17.
"Other organizations that give them out for free, there's a spin. They all have their own take on it, and I wanted a Constitution that was the Constitution and the historic document. I didn't want the spin," Roberts said.
Roberts says some people have stopped by the library specifically for a Constitution. She's given out about 60 of them so far.
Roberts paid $1.25 for each copy from an Illinois publisher, using the library's budget to pay for them. To Roberts, it's a small price to pay for an important service.
"That is the mission of the library: to inform, to entertain, to be available, to let people find whatever they're looking for," Roberts said.
You can stop by the library's front desk to grab one until they run out. The library asks you to limit yourself to one copy per person.