Saturday, September 30, 2017

Library Service Pairs Free State Park Pass with Binoculars and Backpacks

Patrons of the Forsyth County Public Library can now check out a backpack kit at any of its four branches and, in combination with an already available Georgia State ParkPass, take it with them on a free visit to any of Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites.

The backpack kits are the latest additions to the popular ParkPass library loan program administered by Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. The program will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2018 and more than 100,000 families across the state have checked out and used a ParkPass, saving over $1 million in admission and parking fees.

What's in the Backpack Kit?

Each kit includes a sturdy, five-pocket backpack containing a pair of 5x30 binoculars, a guide to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites, and three foldout Pocket Naturalist Guides to Georgia Wildlife, Georgia Birds and Georgia Trees & Wildflowers.

How do I check out a Backpack Kit?

The loan period for the backpack kits is one week, and patrons can find them in the library catalog by searching for "Georgia State Parks Discovery Backpack."

Library patrons may place holds on the backpack kits, which check out separately from the ParkPass.

How do I checkout a ParkPass?

Library patrons may place a hold on a ParkPass in the library catalog.

The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks and historic sites statewide for up to five days.

Go Enjoy Georgia

“Our goal for these backpack kits is to help families learn about nature and the natural wonders we have throughout the state,” said State Librarian Julie Walker, “and this objective aligns well with the important role that libraries play in education for all Georgians. From backyards and local parks to any — or all — of Georgia’s state parks, historic sites and National Park Service lands, the learning opportunities here are endless.”

This project is made possible, in part, with funds provided by a grant to GPLS from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).