Don’t Pass on This!

After a long, dreary winter we all look forward to the brightness of the New England spring. The sun shines sunnier, the grass grows greener, the days grow longer if not warmer, and summer, we tell ourselves, is just around the corner. However, spring in New England can be unpredictable. Some days hold the promise of summer while other days remind us that winter is slow to relinquish its grasp. Some days we don’t know whether to go outside to enjoy the day, or to remain inside with extra sweaters on. In other words, it’s hard to plan what to do in this changeable season. Here’s where the library can help.

Warm sunny days forecasted? Take a visit to the zoo! Spring is a wonderful time to explore the natural world, and there’s no better way to do that than to visit a zoo. It’s a wonderful outing for the entire family, full of fun, excitement, discovery, learning and the great outdoors. Visiting a zoo can be a great way to educate and entertain children as they encounter native animals and animals from around the world. The library offers zoo passes for free or discounted admission to three area zoos, the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence and the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro.

Cool and cloudy days on the horizon? Opt to spend the day inside at one of the many outstanding museums in our area. The library offers passes for discounted admission to several area museums. Children can explore the nearby Easton Children’s Museum, or learn about the whaling industry at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. A trip into Boston could include a visit to the Boston Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science or the New England Aquarium. Children will enjoy the special exhibit, Make Way for Ducklings, celebrating the art of the children’s book illustrator Robert McCloskey, now showing at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Whatever your interests and whatever the weather, you can find something to do with the library’s Museum and Zoo Pass program. To reserve your pass and get information about hours, reduced admission fees, directions and exhibits, visit the library’s website, raynhampubliclibrary.org and click on Passes. There you will find a list of passes and dates available. Select a date and enter your library card information to reserve the pass. You’ll need to stop by the library to pick-up your pass the day before you plan to use it. You can also call the library, and we’ll make the reservation for you. Passes are purchased by the library with funds from the Friends of the Raynham Public Library. For more information about this service, call the library at 508-823-1344, or pick-up a Museum and Zoo pass brochure the next time you visit the library.

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