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Parks feature bats and books

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published October 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A nature program about bats and a new Little Library will be offered at two township parks this fall.

Lost Lake Park will host Bats of the World at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, and Cranberry Lake Park will open a new take-a-book, leave-a-book service.

Bats of the World will feature five live bats — an Egyptian fruit bat, an insect-eating bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a dog-faced bat and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat.

The Organization for Bat Conservation will answer questions and cover a variety of topics about the nocturnal mammals, explaining bat conservation, habitats and ecosystems.

“We had them come out about five years ago. It was really fun,” said Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan. “They take the bats out of their glass cages. People will be able to touch the bats. It is very up close and personal — learning about all the good things that bats do versus their negative reputation. It is very cute.”  

The program is open to adults and children ages 7 and older. The fee is $5 for Oakland Township residents and $7 for nonresidents. Lost Lake Park is located on Predmore Road, west of Rochester Road.

Those interested in attending Bats of the World should call (248) 651-7810 before Oct. 15 to reserve a seat.

The Little Library is now in operation at Cranberry Lake Park thanks to the Oakland Township Historic District Commission.

The HDC funded the construction of the Little Library, and resident Dick Dwyer designed the structure as a miniature replica of the park’s Flumerfelt Barn.

The Little Library is stocked with books donated by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library, including Scouting manuals, history books, do-it-yourself project books and more.

“The books will always change because it is take-one, leave-one,” said Barbara Barber, a Historic District Commission member.

The Little Library was built and installed for a cost of $500, paid for with budgeted HDC funds, and it was designed to encourage people to visit Cranberry Lake Park, Barber said.

“We want to grow our visitor base and develop it,” she said. “Anything we can do to get people interested in the history.”

Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District is located within Cranberry Lake Park at 388 W. Predmore Road. The historic farm includes the restored Axford Coffin farmhouse, the Flumerfelt barn, a restored silo and several outbuildings near the park’s nature trails. Volunteers will monitor the Little Library reading selections and check for restocking.  

“We enjoy supporting programs that foster a love of reading,” Mark Pierce, a Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library member, said in a statement.