When making plans to visit one of the 13 state parks in North Dakota, going to the library first isn’t usually a consideration.Posted October 30, 2013
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Adams County Record Editor
When making plans to visit one of the 13 state parks in North Dakota, going to the library first isn’t usually a consideration.
But with a new program, a pass can now be “checked out” that will pay for the entrance fee for any of the parks.
“It will waive the $5 daily pass fee, but not the camping fees,” said Adams County Librarian Pat Anderson.
The ND Parks and Recreation Department is working with the State Library on the program, which was started in May of 2011 with 11 of the larger libraries in the state. It was such a success it was decided to expand the program this fall, and now 90 libraries will have the park pass available.
The pass may be checked out for seven days, but may be extended if need be.
For some time, it has been possible to download magazines onto electronic devices, but now through the State Library, 100 of the most popular magazines can be downloaded at no cost, and when the next months issue is ready to view, a notification will be sent to the reader.
An account is set up through the local library, then ZINIO is accessible, offering magazines form National Geographic to Field and Stream to Readers Digest.
“There is no limit how long a patron can keep the magazine,” said Pat. Since it is a digital issue, it doesn’t need to be “returned.”
Book Club kits
Especially with winter coming, the days are perfect for curling up with a good book, and then be able to talk about it with others.
Another program now available is a Book club Kit.
“Each kit contains 10 books, sign in sheets with discussion question and a mailing label to return the books,” explained Pat.
The kits can be checked out for eight weeks, and there are several books by North Dakota authors available. There are both fiction and non-fiction kits offered as well.
Pat said there are several book clubs already in existence in the area, and this would be a perfect opportunity to either join or start a new one.
The library recently bought a new twirling book holder that it is using to hold DVDs and VHS movies. It holds up to 1,200 CDs, and the library is starting to run out of space to display the many items available to its patrons. And, to make an area more attractive and comfortable for the younger set, has been rearranged some, offering a place upstairs where teens can be comfortable while reading.
In addition to checking out movies, there are also audio books on CD and tapes, which are quite popular, especially for those who drive a lot, said Pat. Large print books, new releases, old classics and books that have become familiar friends over the years are all available for anyone who seeks the adventure books offer.