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Library Summer Reading Programs Offer Free Park Passes

Posted by Lisa LaGrou April 18, 2012 Solutions

altOur friends at the Orion Township Public Library sent us a press release stating that OTPL is taking part of the Michigan DNR Park and Read Program along with many other Oakland County Libraries. Park and Read summer reading program offers free one day passes for any of Michigan’s 98 state parks. This $10 savings also provides a one-time, free access to more than 500 events taking place in state parks throughout the summer. It’s also the perfect chance to visit parks outside of Oakland County when taking the kids on vacation!

Summer is almost here and it is the perfect time to visit your local library to enroll in a summer reading program for the kids. My kids are enrolled at the Rochester Hills Public Library. The enjoy the progressive reading rewards the library offers for their reading.

Orion Township Public Library isn’t the only local library participating in the DNR’s Park and Read program. Here is a list of other Oakland County Libraries offering card holders the free park admission tickets when checking out a book through the Department of Natural Resources Pakr and Read Program:

Addison Township Public LibraryLeonard
Auburn Hills Public Library Auburn Hills
Baldwin Public Library – Birmingham
Berkley Public Library – Berkley
Bloomfield Township Public Library – Bloomfield Hills
Brandon Township Public Library – Ortonville
Commerce Township Community Library – Commerce Township
Farmington Community Library – Farmington Hills
Ferndale Public Library – Ferndale
Hazel Park Public Library – Hazel Park
Highland Township Public Library – Highland
Holly Township Library – Holly
Huntington Woods Library – Huntington Woods
Independence Township Library – Clarkston
Milford Public Library – Milford
Northville District Library – Northville
Novi Public LibraryNovi
Oxford Public Library – Oxford
Pontiac Public Library – Pontiac
Rochester Hills Public Library – Rochester
Royal Oak Public Library – Royal Oak
Royal Oak Township Library – Ferndale
Salem-South Lyon District Library – South Lyon
Southfield Public Library – Southfield
Troy Public Library – Troy
Walled Lake City Library – Walled Lake
Waterford Township Public Library – Waterford
West Bloomfield Township – West Bloomfield
White Lake Township Library – White Lake
Wixom Public Library – Wixom

Here are the details of the Park and Read Program:

The Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan have teamed up once again to offer their popular Park & Read program at more than 400 participating libraries across the state. The program, now in its fourth year, offers library card-holders the option of checking out a one-day pass that waives the Recreation Passport entry fee into any of Michigan’s 101 state parks and recreation areas.

The one-day pass, a $10 savings, also provides free, one-time access to any of the more than 500 events scheduled to take place within the state parks throughout the summer. Passes are valid for seven days from checkout and are good for day use only. Park & Read runs now through Oct. 1, 2012.

Many participating parks even offer hammocks for loan. Set up under a shady tree and read, snooze or watch the clouds drift by.

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For more information on the Park and Read program and a complete list of participating libraries, hammock availability and park events taking place throughout the state, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.

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