Vernon District Public Library

Park and Read

Need a break? Consider a mini-vacation spent outdoors amid the natural beauty of Michigan's state parks and recreation areas or exploring the stories and nostalgia of the museums and historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system - compliments of the Library of Michigan. 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. "This year, even dark clouds won't spoil a Park & Read day," said Maia Stephens, DNR recreation programmer. "The Park & Read pass is also valid at any of the 11 museums or historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system," said Stephens. "These engaging places focus on themes in Michigan history, so why not learn about Michigan's fascinating history through your local library and then live it by visiting one of our great museums or historic sites?" For more information on the program and a complete list of participating libraries, hammock availability and park events taking place throughout the state, visit The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites, and is also required at designated state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas. This new way to fund Michigan's outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities. Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking "YES" on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. Non-resident motor vehicles must still display a valid non-resident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area, state-administered boating access fee site; state forest campground, and non-motorized pathway parking area, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit or call 517-373-9900. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to
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