Check out a book and check out a bike. Doesn't that sound like a scene in some chick-lit movie? The girl gets on her bike, heads to the market for fresh flowers and spends the afternoon in a beautiful park. All of these things can happen starting next Friday. 

The Meridian Library has started a "Book a Bike" program that launches on Friday. If you have a library card, you can check out a book but you can also select a bike from sizes that fit toddlers all the way to adults.

Each time you check out a bike, you'll get a little kit that has a helmet, lock and light.

These bikes can be found at the unBound branch of the Meridian Library - you just have to be 18 or older to check them out.

Where did the bikes come from?

There was a grant given to the City of Meridian from the Blue Cross to help fight childhood obesity and the city allotted some of that money to the library to start this specific program. With the amazing weather we have coming up (come ON Mother Nature), riding a bike sounds like heaven.

To be among the first to be part of this program launch, mark your calendars for Friday, April 14th. You'll want to be at the food truck rally that takes place at the Meridian City Hall.