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Michigan Activity Pass (MAP): Adventure Begins with Your Library Card

Our Summer Reading Program is officially underway! On Saturday, June 1, 2024, around 525 people walked through the library doors to kick off the first day of the Summer Reading Program, and the phones were ringing off the hook. We are thrilled to embark on a summer full of reading adventures with you!

 

But adventure doesn’t stop there. As the school year wraps up and summer vacation is just around the corner, or already here for some of us, I wanted to highlight an incredible (and potentially undiscovered) benefit your library card provides you. No, I’m not talking about books, or the ever-growing Library of Things available to you, including some fantastic outdoor lawn games. I’m talking about the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)—your ticket to countless summer adventures.

 

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is a statewide collaborative program between Michigan’s public libraries and participating partner destinations. MAP provides Michigan library cardholders the opportunity to discover and learn more about participating cultural destinations, historical sites, parks, campgrounds, farms, gardens, and recreation areas in the state at a discounted rate.

 

Provided by The Library Network (TLN), the largest library cooperative in Michigan, MAP grants discounted access to hundreds of adventures. Heading up north? Head to miactivitypass.org to check out the Upper Mitten MAP brochure. Crossing the “Mighty Mac”? Check out the Upper Peninsula MAP brochure. Staying in the Lower Mitten? There’s a map brochure for that too.

 

And if you’re looking for something close to home to add adventure to your summer, head to the MAP website and begin by typing “Frankenmuth James E. Wickson District Library” in the search box to browse. A few options within a 25 mile radius of Frankenmuth include the Michigan Heroes Museum of Frankenmuth, the Saginaw Art Museum, the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, BaySail-Appledore Tall Ships, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, and so much more.

 

It’s quite simple, and endless opportunities for learning, exploration, and fun await. Checking out your local MAP participating partner destinations is also a great way to learn about the surrounding area. In fact, we just returned from our first camping trip of the season at Bay City State Park where I discovered that visitors could receive one full day of free fun at Bay City State Park just by using their MAP pass, which is easily reserved on MAP’s website. I highly recommend checking out Bay City State Park’s beautiful new playground, Spray Park, and taking an easy hike on the Tobico Lagoon Trail (0.9 miles) for plentiful bird chatter, forest views, and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

 

Patrons may check out one MAP pass per library card every 7 days. When you check out a MAP pass, you have 7 days from the date it was reserved to use it. For a MAP tutorial, a current listing of MAP participants, or directions on how to reserve a MAP pass, be sure to head to miactivitypass.org for more information on how to get started.

 

If you don’t have a library card, now’s a great time to get one! Your summer will include adventures within the pages of books, but you’ll also have immediate access to hundreds of amazing opportunities throughout Michigan thanks to the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP). And if you already have a library card, what are you waiting for? Head to miactivitypass.org to explore countless opportunities and start planning your first trip!






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