Great Outdoors Month

In 2019, the US Senate designated June as Great Outdoors Month, which initially began as “Great Outdoors Week” in 1998 under President Clinton. Celebrate Great Outdoors Month this year by checking out our display on the main floor of the Library near the Information Desk and by exploring the resources below!

  • Discover the joy of birding by attending our virtual Birdwatching vs. Birding event with birder and photographer Greg Bodker on Tuesday, June 15.

  • Attend one of our Book Talk & Walk events, which is a weekly casual reading and walking club that meets every Thursday night at 7 pm through August at the Library’s Back Entrance. No registration is required, and you can attend any or all sessions as you wish. Each week, a gift card from a local business will be raffled off to those in attendance. Visit our website for more information!

  • Attend Saturday on the Lawn on June 19, an outdoor event featuring beginner Zumba classes, an ABC Photo Walk activity, and Take and Create kits for older teens and adults.

  • Your library card can be used to print Michigan Activity Passes from participating locations! Learn more about the MAP Program on our website. To learn how to check out your activity pass, read this handy tutorial!

  • Take some time to stargaze this month! Explore our astronomy resources to help you map the stars from your own backyard.

  • Research the nature around you with help from the USDA Plants Database and the Encyclopedia of Earth, learn about animal diversity, and stay up-to-date on the list of threatened species.

  • Learn more about our Great Lakes by exploring the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.