Summer 2018 Newsletter

Rock With Us

JDL’s Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1 through July 28, encourages children, teens, and their families
to keep reading throughout the summer. Studies have shown reading throughout the summer is crucial to maintaining
reading skills for the next school year, and stopping the “summer slide.”


Participants may join the program by registering through JDL’s online portal, Beanstack, or at any of the 13 library locations. Readers will enjoy reading, doing fun activities, reporting their reading success, receiving fun badges and prizes. Babies, children and teens receive a free book just for signing up. Adults will have lots of opportunities to earn badges and prizes too.


All 13 branches have scheduled activities like scavenger hunts, crafts, musicians, and performers for everyone. Experience the world of dinosaurs with Paleo Joe. Laugh along with Joel Tacey and his magical comedy show. Immerse yourself in your favorite fairy tales as Stevens Puppets presents Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty.

Summer reading concludes with a rockin’ event on August 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Blackman Park in
downtown Jackson. There will be music, activities, and special prizes for the VIPs who complete the Summer Reading
Program. Kevin Devine, an award-winning children’s entertainer and songwriter will open the festivities. Headlining will
be Airtight, Jackson’s R&B band.

JDL’s Summer Reading Program would not be possible without generous donations from our sponsors; The Friends of
the Jackson District Library, County National Bank and Arrow Swift Printing and Copy Center.

The Michigan Activity Pass

Once you print a free Michigan Activity Pass you have one week to use it at any Michigan state park or recreation area, or at more than 100 participating cultural institutions, including many museums. There are over participating 400 attractions.

To take advantage of these offers you will need a valid JDL library card and you will need to print a pass—either from home or at your local branch.

To see what’s available you can do a simple search within a geographic range or do an advanced search, with limiters like “Kid Friendly” or “Music/Theater” or “State Parks.” This works great if you are vacationing at the lakes or enjoying the attractions that are close to home.

Local Jackson County attractions include Walker Tavern, near Brooklyn or the Mann House Historic Site, in Concord. Or use the pass to investigate the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Site at Cass City, or Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas. Shepler’s Ferry Service is offering discounts on their ferry rides to Mackinac Island. There is so much to see and do!

Check out the Michigan Activity Pass guide for help.

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