Public libraries partner with state parks to provide free park passes

Posted 6/1/22

The Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services in conjunction with public libraries...

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Public libraries partner with state parks to provide free park passes

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services in conjunction with public libraries across Florida is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks, to offer State Park Day Passes to library patrons through The Real Florida Reader Day Pass initiative.

“We are proud to partner with Florida State Parks to offer park passes in Florida’s public libraries,” said Secretary of State Cord Byrd. “Florida has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The Real Florida Reader initiative provides the perfect opportunity for Floridians to get out this summer to explore Florida’s natural treasures.”

The Real Florida Reader is a statewide collaboration between Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks and the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services to encourage visitation to libraries and parks this summer. To celebrate this year’s library Summer Reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities,” the Division of Library and Information Services and Florida State Parks invites the public to explore Florida’s beautiful state parks.

The Real Florida Reader program allows Florida Public Library cardholders to check out a Florida State Park Day Pass which provides park admission for up to eight people in a vehicle. Participants are encouraged to check out books about Florida’s wildlife, horticultural and natural resources then explore a Florida State Park in their area to identify resources they learned about.

“We are proud to partner with the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services to support their library summer reading theme Oceans of Possibilities and expand access to our award-winning Florida State Parks through this program,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “We welcome all Floridians to read about our state’s diverse environment and culture and then get outside and experience these natural wonders firsthand.”

The program will last from now until Sept. 13, 2022.

Florida citizens without a library card can sign up for one at their local library to take part in this program. Find a local library and a state park by visiting the Real Florida Reader map. Participants are also encouraged to share their stories on social media using #RealFloridaReader.

For more information, visit //FloridaStateParks.org/RealFloridaReader.

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