Get Outside This Spring With Library Materials


Libraries Are Full of Spring Fun

I dumped the backpack on the floor and started unzipping it. “Look what I got!” I called to my two-year-old, who came running from the living room. As I pulled out the backpack’s contents, he shrieked with delight and grabbed the first item within reach.

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Exploring the bird backpack from Delafield Public Library

We spent the next half hour on the kitchen floor, paging through bird guides, playing with finger puppets of cardinals and finches, and holding the bird binoculars up to our eyes, pretending to spot bald eagles. It may have been too cold to go outside, but the bird backpack I had checked out from the Delafield Public Library had brought spring to us.

Grow In Mind and Spirit

In Wisconsin, spring can be a long time coming. In fact, I wait so long for spring to arrive that when it finally does return with all of its sights and sounds and smells, I don’t want to miss a thing. In case you feel the same way, here are a list of ideas for ways to celebrate spring with the help of the public library.

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Community garden at Butler Public Library

If you’re itching to get your fingers in the soil, find out how you can get involved with the community gardens at the libraries in Butler, New Berlin, and Watertown.

Take Spring Home With You

You can also take spring home with you! The Mukwonago Community Library offers Discover Backpacks for adults and families on bird-watching, wildflower hiking, and star gazing. Kids can check out science backpacks on birds, trees, flowers, and more at the Delafield Public Library to go on their own outdoor adventures.

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Discover Backpack at Mukwonago Community Library

Are you a green thumb? If you’re starting a garden this year, you can take home a variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from the Seed Libraries at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater and Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

Encourage the whole family to play outside in the nice weather when you bring home some outdoor games. The libraries in Jefferson, Mukwonago, Whitewater, and Waterloo each have their own collection of outdoor games, including ring toss, giant dice, disc golf, and more.

Enjoy Spring With A Library Card

If you live in Waukesha or Jefferson counties, your library card works at all 24 libraries in both counties, including all of the ones listed here. Find out more about the programs, classes, and materials available for you to check out by visiting a library, going onto a library’s website, or searching for materials and events in the online catalog at www.cafelibraries.org. I hope you have a warm and enjoyable spring!

Written by Jill Fuller. A version of this article appeared in the Waukesha Freeman, the Oconomowoc Enterprise, the Daily Jefferson County Union, the Waterloo Courier, and the Watertown Times. We will be sharing those pieces here on our website a few weeks after each piece has been printed.