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Buckle-up for a readers road trip

Carly Stone
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Posted 5/29/22

Do you know which of your local CNY libaries has a resident cat and which has a 3D printing machine? Are you up for a challenge?

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Buckle-up for a readers road trip

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Do you know which of your local CNY libraries has a resident cat and which has a 3D printing machine? Are you up for a challenge?

This summer, kids, adults, and families are welcome to join a three-month self-guided trip to visit 45 library locations throughout Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties as part of the Mid York Library Road Trip. The event runs from June 1 through Aug. 31.

Mid York Library System Executive Director Wanda Brushis explained that CNY libraries offer more than just books. Each library reflects the rich history of its community and provides offerings with their own flare. As navigators stop at each of the public libraries in the Mid York Library System, they will discover the unique buildings, services, and resources available at their local and neighboring communities. Unique items cardholders can borrow include park passes, tools, cake pans, crutches, and snowshoes.

By the end of the multi-stop journey, travelers will have visited a library dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt, another built by Andrew Carnegie, one located on the ‘yellow brick road,’ and another with a museum that displays Egyptian artifacts — and even includes a mummy. “Several libraries have glass floors — a unique architectural feature to see,” Brushis added.

“Libraries are essential, vibrant, cost-effective community and information centers that readily adapt to change,” Bruchis remarked. “Mid York Road Trip gives the opportunity for the libraries to ‘strut their stuff!’” 

This event is a cooperative effort between Mid York and its 43 autonomous public libraries, and its a first of its kind, according to Bruchis. “We spoke of doing something along these lines for a number of years. For a variety of reasons, this year everything fell into place,” Bruchis explained.

Start your road trip

The Mid York Library Road Trip begins by picking up a map at your first stop, which can be any Mid York Library. A list of libraries and their locations can be found at www.mylibraryroadtrip.org. Use this map to plan your road trip to as many of the 45 Mid York Library System locations as you can visit. At each stop, a staff member will stamp your map to document your trip.

Whether you travel in a pack or go solo, you’ll earn prizes when you’ve visited 5, 15, 30, and 44 locations. Any person, team, or family that is able to receive a stamp from all 45 locations will receive a VIP gold library card — a custom library card with complementary bragging rights, Bruchis remarked.

Beyond the offerings within the libraries themselves, road-trippers are encouraged to embrace the surrounding communities’ attractions, restaurants, parks, and vendors.

For more information on libraries and their communities, visit www.mylibraryroadtrip.org.

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