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Discover Michigan’s premier cultural and natural attractions using your Canton Library card.

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP), presented by The Library Network, is a partnership between Michigan libraries and hundreds of Michigan state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds, and recreation areas.

Library patrons can access hundreds of participating institutions by visiting the Michigan Activity Pass website to print or download a pass to their mobile device. Some partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed or downloaded.  

As of May 2021, thirteen metroparks, including Delhi Metropark in Ann Arbor and Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville, are now included in MAP passes.            

Here is just a small sample of places that are open and waiting for you:                                   

  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • Plymouth Community Arts Council
  • Maybury State Park
  • Mill Race Historical Village
  • Yankee Air Museum
  • Proud Lake Recreation Area
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Michigan Science Center
  • Pinckney Recreation Area
  • Troy Historical Village
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Gilmore Car Museum
  • Howell Nature Center

For the latest information before visiting, check out MAP’s Facebook page or website. Patrons are encouraged to use a mobile pass and to check the partner destination's website for any restrictions currently in place. 

Many people are excited to think about future trips this year.  You can also travel the world while sitting in your favorite comfy chair by choosing books from this list.  Visit any one of these continents to experience a new setting and enjoy your adventure!

Read Around the World - Africa
Read Around the World - Asia
Read Around the World - Europe and the United Kingdom
Read Around the World - North America 
Read Around the World - Oceania
Read Around the World - South America 

 

For Kids:

Read Around the World--Kids Nonfiction

Read Around the World--Kids Fiction

 

Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

As the world slowly reopens, more and more travel opportunities are available. Before you plan your trip, review domestic and international travel restrictions and safety precautions.

If you're looking for exciting adventures locally. please take advantage of the Michigan Activity Pass. Find countless destinations throughout the state and discounts on admission.

 

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Calming and exhilarating. Both words that can be associated with hiking. Hiking is a fabulous hobby that can be done year round, all over the world, or close to home. Trails and paths can be anywhere from straight, narrow and rocky to wet, curvy, or steep. They can be on all sorts of terrain like sand, snow, dirt, hills, mountains or forests. Michigan is a beautiful state that offers all sorts of hiking trails for any season.  Local metroparks also have hiking opportunities as does the Michigan Trails Magazine. Hiking also offers access to activities for all ages, from senior citizens to kids.  No matter what kind of path you decide to take, hiking is great for your mind and body. So lace up your boots and dont forget to pack your water and some snacks! Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Follow the trail to these library hiking books:

Nonfiction

Fiction

Kids Fiction

Kids Non-Fiction

Have you ever wanted to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt? What about the Amazon River? Or the Great Wall of China? While it is difficult to travel to so many far off places, we have some amazing books you can read that can transport you there in your imagination. Someday you may stand at the foot of the Parthenon in Greece, but for now fill your mind with images, stories, and facts of places far away and in your own backyard.

 

After you have had your fill of travel, head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

In 1910, Captain Robert Scott prepared his crew for a trip that no one had ever completed: a journey to the South Pole. He vowed to get there any way he could, even if it meant looking death in the eye. Then, not long before he set out, the telegram arrived: "Proceeding to Antarctic - Roald Amundsen." What was to be an expedition had become a race. One hundred and eight years later, Captain Louis Rudd readied himself for a similarly grueling task: the first solo crossing of treacherous Antarctica. Then came the Instagram message: "On Nov. 1, I depart for the ice - Colin O'Brady." What was to be a journey had become a race. For fans of Michael Tougias' The Finest Hours, this gripping tale of two history-making moments is perfect for budding scientists, survivalists, and thrill seekers.

Exploring other places on our beautiful Earth is an amazing experience. While you are saving your money for your next big adventure with your family, give these great travel stories a shot. You just might find your next vacation destination!

 

Then, head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Off to see the sea by Nikki Grimes

Bath time is full of magic. The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean.

Do you love the great outdoors? Well, July is your month because it's National Parks and Recreation Month! There are parks all around Canton to discover and explore! Don't forget to check the Michigan Activity Pass before you hop on your bike or grab your backpack! And stop by our display and take the quiz for activity poms! Check out some great resources to get you started on your National Parks adventure!

The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges is the only book of its kind-a definitive and practical resource covering all the lodges in America's national parks, from luxurious inns to rustic cabins. National parks experts David and Kay Scott reveal how to leave behind the headaches and make planning the trip of a lifetime painless. Having visited nearly every national park area and lodge in America, they share their sage advice on how to choose a lodge that will best suit your taste and your pocketbook. With beautiful full-color photographs and detailed maps to help you find your way there, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges is your key to experiencing America's treasured lands in comfort! 

Explore the crystal clear waters on the Summit Lakes Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park, take in the expansive views at Shenandoah National Park's Old Rag Mountain, or traverse the sandstone cliffs at Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. Choose your adventure from any of the forty-four national parks profiled throughout the book. This book delivers jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger essays, and more, all of which combine to create an intimate look at the best our national parks have to offer.

In honor of World Refugee Day, browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

Click on the titles for location and availability. Additional media formats included below.

 

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

The bone sparrow by Zana Fraillon

"Subhi's contained world as a refugee in an Australian permanent detention center rapidly expands when Jimmie arrives on the other side of the fence and she asks him to read her late mother's stories to her"--.

SEMCOG announces the launch of Southeast Michigan ParkFinder, a new mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) created a mapping app to help you find parks in the region on your smart phone or on the web. Simply go to maps.semcog.org/ParkFinder to use the map and get access to the ParkFinder app for iPhone and Android smart devices. 

For decades, he worked 13-hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast before he became executive chef in the 1990s...until his "madcap" memoir about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants made him into a celebrity chef and touched off a nearly two-decade career as a globe-trotting television host.

“We have lost someone who was in my opinion the sharpest and keenest observer of culture that I have ever known,” [Andrew Zimmern] said. “When we were alone his hopes and dreams extended into amazing areas.” - New York Times

Free and confidential suicide prevention hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (Open 24 hours a day, every day, for everyone. Ayuda En Español)
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (for LGBT youth)
  • Trans Lifeline: U.S.: 877-565-8860 | Canada: 877-330-6366 (for transgender people with transgender staff)

 

Chef and author Anthony Bourdain travels the world sampling local foods and culture.

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