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June is Great Outdoors month! Take a break this summer, get up, get out and explore the great state in which we live. After all, we do live in VACATIONLAND.  The library has a great display this month highlighting some of the books that may help you plan your outdoor activities.   As well as some of the physical resources we offer, I will also be including links below for websites to check out for information on what to do and where to go.

Quiet Water Maine  Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide by Alex Wilson and John Hayes

On Display Now @ the Katz Library

In this completely revised edition of AMC’s best-selling “Quiet Water guide, authors Alex Wilson and John Hayes reveal more than eighty spectacular ponds and lakes in Maine ideally suited for canoeing and kayaking. From marshy coves and crystal-clear lakes to winding inlet channels and pine-tree-edged ponds, this updated guide offers paddlers of all ages and abilities access to water adventures. Each trip includes a detailed tour description with summaries of the time, distance, difficulty, and special features of each area, as well as notes about the flora and fauna paddlers will discover along the way. Beginners and experienced paddlers, birdwatchers and anglers, families with children and active seniors–all will appreciate this user-friendly, comprehensive guide to Maine’s best quiet water (publisher’s description).

AMC's Best Backpacking New England

AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England: A Guide to Thirty-Three of the Best Multi-Day Trips from Maine to Connecticut by Matt Heid

On Display Now @ the Katz Library

This new guide from the publishers of the Best Day Hikes series provides a comprehensive look at what you need to plan a memorable backpacking trip in a region known for its rugged terrain.  You’ll explore the wildest, least-traveled trails on 33 trips that are rated by difficulty—from Easy to Epic.   You’ll read about nine wilderness areas, eight state forests, four state parks, two national forests, and a variety of other protected landscapes.  Each trip description includes regional locator and trip maps, as well as photos of the area taken by author Matt Heid (publisher’s description).

Critters of Maine Pocket Guide

Critters of Maine Pocket Guide produced in cooperation with Wildlife Forever and the Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

On Display Now @ the Katz Library

This handy little pocket guide not only gives some facts about Maine it helps you learn to identify Maine critters such as Black Bears, North American Porcupine, Broad- Winged Hawk, Spring Peepers and so many more.  It contains a large color photo of each creature, concise descriptions, an attractive layout and interesting facts.

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 50 hikes in the Maine Mountains: Day Hikes and Backpacks in the Fabled Northern Peaks and Lake Country by Cloe Chunn

On Display Now @ the Katz Library

The 50 hikes registered Maine guide Cloe Chunn has chosen for this updated edition of her popular guidebook range in length from 2 hours to 5 days and lead to waterfalls, remote ponds, lookout towers, swimming holes, and incomparable vistas. Along with hiking directions and map, Chunn also provides information on the geology, wildlife, and history of each trail  and she emphasizes family hiking (publisher’s description).

The Outdoors Almanac: Practical Solutions for the Wilderness Experience by Len McDougall

On Display Now @ the Katz Library

For backpackers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, here is an almanac of practical information certain to be a trusted reference. Topics include: Outfitting — from survival knives to hiking boots; Orienteering — map and compass, GPS, and wood-sense; Campsite Cookery — for high nutrition and good taste; Wilderness First-Aid — when doctors are miles away; Useful Wild Plants — for healing and food; Survival — shelters, emergency signals, and more; Tracking — learning the signs of nature; Weather — when there’s no ‘indoors’ to escape to (publisher’s description).

That is just a small sampling of the resources we have on display now.  We invite you to come in, browse and check some out to take with you!  Not near the Katz Library?  You can request these books through URSUS by visiting http://ursus.maine.edu/.

The following are some online resources for ideas on how to get up and get out this summer.  For those of you with children, I will be including some ideas for the whole family as well.

Maine.gov Resources:

Art & Museums  – This link will take you to a bunch of resources for fairs and art events, lists of museums (special interest, art and historical).

Family Fun – This gives links to the Children’s Discovery museums in Augusta, Bangor and Portland as well as library events around the state.

Tours & Trails – This page has a ton of great information on scenic byways, seasonal hiking and biking trails, historic covered bridges, state parks and the Maine Healthy Walks.

Outdoor Recreation – This gives you link to information on ATV, camping, fishing, golfing, hunting, parks and beaches.

Want to find out how much state park passes are?  Click the link! FYI – Children 5 – 11 years old: $1.00; Children under 5 are free.  Maine residents 65 and older: free.  Maine veterans can apply to the state for a lifetime complimentary free day-use park pass.  Click here to see if you qualify!

The Maine Office of Tourism has a fantastic website of things to do – shopping, outdoor activities galore, historical and agricultural activities, family fun, lighthouses and more!  You can order a free guidebook and view interactive maps.

Interested in the Appalachian Trail in Maine?  Here are two sites to get you started:

The Official Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

For you camping lovers, here is a link for a Maine Camping Guide, which is the official site of the Maine Campground Owners Association.

This is my favorite part of summer…LAKES! We have so many beautiful lakes that it is hard to choose a favorite.

I hope this gave you some ideas for how to get up and get out this summer and find some interesting adventures! Have fun!

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