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at least four ParkPasses to lend, bak­packs to help en­joy and ex­plore the great out­doors are avail­able to any­one with a li­brary card.

Each co-branded kit in­cludes a sturdy, five-pocket back­pack con­tain­ing a pair of 5×30 binoc­u­lars, a guide to Ge­or­gia’s State Parks & His­toric Sites and fold­out Pocket Nat­u­ral­ist Guides to Ge­or­gia Wildlife, Ge­or­gia Birds and Ge­or­gia Trees & Wild­flow­ers.

The kits are the lat­est ad­di­tions to the pop­u­lar ParkPass li­brary loan pro­gram, which will cel­e­brate its 10-year anniversary in the com­ing year. More than 100,000 fam­i­lies have checked out and used a ParkPass since Ge­or­gia Pub­lic Li­brary Ser­vice and Ge­or­gia State Parks & His­toric Sites be­gan the pro­gram, which has saved res­i­dents more than $1 mil­lion in ad­mis­sions and park­ing fees.

“Our goal for th­ese back­pack kits is to help fam­i­lies learn about na­ture and the nat­u­ral won­ders we have through­out the state,” said State Li­brar­ian Julie Walker, “and this ob­jec­tive aligns well with the im­por­tant role that li­braries play in ed­u­ca­tion for all Ge­or­gians. From back­yards and lo­cal parks to any — or all — of Ge­or­gia’s state parks, his­toric sites and Na­tional Park Ser­vice lands, the learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties here are end­less.”

The loan pe­riod for the back­pack kits is one week, match­ing that of the ParkPasses, which must be checked out sep­a­rately.

This project is made pos­si­ble, in part, with funds pro­vided by a grant to GPLS from the In­sti­tute of Mu­seum and Li­brary Ser­vices (IMLS) through the Li­brary Ser­vices and Tech­nol­ogy Act (LSTA).

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