Park & Read from the library 06.16.2010

Written by David Green.

Your Stair Public Library card has some added value this summer. Library card holders are eligible to take part in the Michigan DNRE’s Park & Read program for free admission to a park.

Back for a second summer, the DNRE and the Library of Michigan are again offering Park & Read at more than 400 libraries across Michigan.

Park & Read allows library card-holders the ability to “check-out” a one-day pass into any Michigan state park or recreation area in lieu of the resident daily motor vehicle permit. This $6 savings also provides free access to the more than 500 events taking place in state parks throughout the summer.

For those interested in bringing along a library book for serious beach reading, 71 of the state parks have hammocks available for Park & Read users to borrow while on-site for the day so they can fully enjoy a great book in Michigan’s great outdoors.

“This is a great opportunity to try something different. Whether you’re looking for time alone or time together, these free passes are a great excuse to go for a picnic, take the kids swimming, or to find your next best fishing spot,” said Ron Olson, Recreation Division chief for the DNRE.

Passes are valid for seven days from check-out and can be used for one day at any one of Michigan’s 98 state parks. Passes are valid for day-use only. The program is available through Oct. 1, 2010.

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