Explore Michigan with help from your Library

By Cathy Chesher /

Back-to-school supplies may already be in stores, but there is still plenty of time to explore Michigan this summer. Most Michigan public libraries offer at least two ways to help families explore our great state in an economical way.

1) PARK AND READmi_big_green_gym
Visit a Michigan state park for free!  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association for “Park and Read,” one component of the MI Big Green Gym campaign.

A portion of the campaign provides a free, one-day pass to the over 100 Michigan State Parks or Recreation Areas that require a state Recreation Passport, all through local libraries. Library card holders at participating libraries check out a pass on their library card. Here at the Adrian Public Library, patrons need to ask for the pass. You will be given a certificate that can be redeemed for one free vehicle entrance into any park in the system. The certificate must be used by Sept. 30, 2014.

Library patrons with a valid library card from any one of Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the 70+ participating cultural institutions at the MAP website. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations.

The MAP website allows users to search by zip code and mileage range. Hint: click on {more info.} to see the specific offer for the listed institution. Examples of promotions include Hidden Lake Gardens with a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) admission to the Gardens; Wild Swan Theatre in Ann Arbor with a free children’s ticket with purchase of an adult ticket; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, BOGO admission.

So, what are you waiting for? There’s still time to explore Michigan’s great natural and cultural resources before school starts!

Post Script: I would be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that your local library has lots of books to help you plan your Michigan traveling, touring, camping, boating, hiking, exploring adventures.

Photo from michigan.org website.

Cathy Chesher is originally from the Chicago area and moved here after marrying Steve, an Adrian native, 32 years (!) ago. They have two adult children, Michael and Amanda (who Cathy is happy to say love to read). When she is not working, reading or playing with her new iPad, Cathy tends to her perennial garden, does yoga and other exercise, cooks, and enjoys travel. Cathy says she has the best job in Lenawee County! “There are many things I like and love about being a children’s librarian, but nurturing and supporting the love of reading is at the top of the list. In my mind, there is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like to read; just one who hasn’t found the right book yet.”

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