Nothing captures spring in New England as does this excerpt from Robert Frost’s poem, Two Tramps in Mud Time. “The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day when the sun is out and the wind is still, you’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud comes over the sunlit arch, a wind comes off a frozen peak, and you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
Yes, spring, at last! We will take it – wind chill and all. It is such a pleasure to lift winter weary eyes to the bright blue sky, to feel the warmth of the sun, to hear the sounds of birds nesting in trees, and to see spring bulbs displaying their colors. Even April’s cool rainy days can’t dampen our spirits, because we know winter is over. Gone are the heavy coats, woolen scarves and mittens to be replaced by light sweaters, nylon jackets and umbrellas. The more optimistic among us have even been seen wearing shorts and sandals. We all walk with a lighter step and a lighter heart. We have turned the page on winter.
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. The library can help you with the visit through our pass program; it’s actually one of the most popular services we offer. With funds provided each year by the Friends of the Library and the Raynham Cultural Council, we purchase passes that allow for free or discounted admission to many area zoos and museums. You select the day, choose the place, and reserve the pass using your library card, pick-up the pass from the library and you are good to go.
There’s nothing quite like taking children to a zoo. It’s fun to watch as they run from exhibit to exhibit, marveling at the size of an elephant, the height of a giraffe or the playfulness of monkeys. It’s an educational feast. There is always something for them to learn as they explore the environment and make new discoveries – from watching the animals to attending the keeper talks. They use all of their senses to take in their surroundings and expand their understanding about animals. They learn the way an animal smells, the sounds it makes, the way it moves and what it looks like. Zoos offer a true multi-sensory approach to learning.
The library offers passes to the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence and the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro. Get the family together, choose a date for an outing and reserve a pass online at raynhampubliclibrary.org. If you’re more in the mood for indoors activities, then choose from passes to the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Science or the New England Whaling Museum.
For more information about this program, pick-up our museum/zoo brochure, visit the library’s website, raynhampubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 508.823.1344.