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      State Parks take part in Park and Read program

      If you have a library card, you can visit a Michigan State Park for free.

      It's all a part of the Sixth Annual Park and Read program put on by the Department of Natural Resources, the Recreation and Parks Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Michigan public libraries.

      Simply take your library card to the circulation desk at participating libraries and "check out" a park pass. It is valid for a one-time vehicle entry into any of the 102 state parks. The pass also allows visitors to take part in Recreation 101 classes and visit state campgrounds and boat launches.

      "If you're a mom who's home for the summer with your kids it's a great way to get outside," says Debbie Munson Badini of the Michigan DNR. "Have them check out a bunch of books, go hang out at the beach. Hopefully you'll enjoy it so much that you do end up wanting to buy the $11 recreation passport."

      Guests can check out these free park passes now through September 30.