Anoka County Library now has circulating backpack kits patrons can check out for use in their outdoor exploration and adventures. Each backpack contains a set of binoculars, a magnifying viewer, leaf rubbing plates, and a field guide to help explorers identify plants and wildlife. Additionally, the Anoka County Parks department donated parks passes and a map for each kit, allowing explorers to visit local parks for free.
“The Library continues to look for new ways to provide access and resources to its communities,” said Maggie Snow, Anoka County Library director. “These backpacks will encourage children and families to get outside and explore their local parks while learning about native plants and wildlife.”
The kits will have a standard three-week checkout, like all materials in the library, and will allow users to easily explore the outdoors in their community. The funds for this program were provided by the Friends of the Anoka County Public Library, with a special thanks to Anoka County Parks for the park pass donations.