The Great Outdoors

Warm weather months always fly right by, and in Michigan, folks try to make the most of them while they last. When you think of your library, do you see yourself curled up by a fireplace with a good book? Us too – but what can your library provide in those fleeting warm weather months? The answer: tools for exploring the Great Outdoors!

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For example, the Mason branch has a unique Library of Thing collection of fishing poles. They come with a tackle box of supplies, so you are ready to hit your favorite fishing spot. This summer we provided a Fishing Basics Seminar for teens and adults to learn how to get the most out of this popular sport.

Parks were another way to connect reading with nature; our Youth Librarian presents storytimes in Rayner Park once a month in Spring, Summer, and Fall (weather permitting). Families can enjoy a walking and reading experience anytime at the Laylin Park StoryWalk courtesy of a partnership with the City of Mason.

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Gardening is another link between libraries and outdoor fun. Our Seed Sharing project was the most successful to date with over 3,000 packets of seeds distributed at the Mason branch, and over 7,000 throughout the district. We will be back in Spring 2023 with more free seeds and gardening resources for beginners and master gardeners alike.

We hope you visit your local branch to find more ways to enjoy the Michigan outdoor experience. Come on in, and we will send you back outside ready for fun!

Heather Goupil, CADL Mason Head Librarian