Hazel Park, Madison HeightsJune 21, 2012
Local libraries offer passes to museums, state parks
By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer
The 65 member libraries of The Library Network cooperative are once again participating in two programs that provide passes to state parks and other attractions around metro Detroit. The libraries in Hazel Park and Madison Heights are part of TLN.
The older of the two programs is the Museum Adventure Pass, now in its fifth and final year. The program runs through August, administered by TLN, one of the sponsors. The other sponsors are Macy’s, the Library of Michigan Foundation and the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan.
The way it works is, patrons use their library card number to log on to a website, http://detroitadventurepass.org, and redeem a special pass, which functions as a one-time coupon with an expiration date of one week. You must print one pass per person.
It waives the admission fee to such destinations as the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the most popular attractions. While the pass won’t get you into any special exhibits, it does grant you access to the museum at large.
“It’s a way to showcase many of the cultural attractions that are available in the metropolitan Detroit area,” said Jim Flury, technical services manager at TLN. “Maybe some you’re familiar with; maybe some you’re not. It’s an opportunity to get out and see some of these different places.
“I know a few years ago when gas prices were high — and let’s face it, gas prices aren’t what they used to be — I’d receive comments from the public who’d say, ‘Hey, this is a good opportunity: I can’t afford to take the kids up to the lake anymore because gas is so expensive, but we can use this pass and take the kids to some of these local attractions instead.”
The other program is Park and Read, which has been around for several years now. Inspired conceptually by the Museum Adventure Pass, Park and Read is a statewide initiative started by the Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan. TLN enrolls all of their member libraries in it each year.
With Park and Read, you check out a pass that goes on your library record, but there’s no physical item to return; instead you get a slip, signed by the library, which functions as a coupon you give to the gatekeeper at a state park, serving as a recreation pass to waive the $10 fee. You can use the pass once in the span of seven days, and it’s for day-use only, so no overnight stays.
“What’s intriguing to me is many participating parks even offer hammocks to loan, so you can set it up somewhere in the park and then read from the hammock, which to me sounds absolutely heavenly,” said Jessica Keyser, Hazel Park’s library director. “I would do that seven days in a row, no problem! But more realistically, bringing my family to one of the many beautiful parks Michigan has to offer would be very appealing.”
Use your library card number to print out your Museum Adventure Pass at http://detroitadventurepass.org. For Park and Read, visit your local library. The Madison Heights Public Library, 240 W. 13 Mile, can be reached at (248) 588-7763. The Hazel Park Memorial Library, 123 E. Nine Mile, can be reached at (248) 546-4095.
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