Celebrate the Great Outdoors!

In the spirit of National Great Outdoors Month, we’re sharing some trusted resources and favorite titles for you to enjoy.  From camping to canoeing, we’ve got you covered! 

Camping doesn’t have to bring back memories of impossible tents and burnt hotdogs.  Impress your camping buddies with recipes from The Outdoor Adventure Cookbook.  If you don’t think you’re the camping type, Maryjane Butters’ Glamping with Maryjane injects some sparkle into the lifestyle.  Now, find your perfect camping spot by browsing through Camping North Carolina.   

Not up to spending the night in the wilds of Mecklenburg County or parts beyond?  For a low-cost outdoor adventure, grab your picnic basket and a blanket and head to a local park.  Marie Hanel’s The Picnic and Edith Stovel’s Picnic offer a variety of ways to jazz up your everyday picnic.    

If you’ve  ever wanted to know more about the type of birds perched outside your window, try a free class, Bird Watching 101, through Universal, our online educational resource! Then, take your new hobby outside with a copy of Birds of the Carolinas and find a prime viewing location with Mecklenburg Audubon Society’s interactive map

Are you headed for an afternoon of fun on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie?  Boating enthusiasts can download past and current issues of Canoe & KayakCruising World, and Boating.   If you’re not quite as experienced, why not take a crash course in canoeing?   Best of all, you won’t get a drop of water on you! 

Sport Fishing and Field & Stream are also available for our fishermen and fisherwomen.  Newbies can learn about rods, reels, bait, and lures through Learn How to Fish, another free Universal class.  No fishing pole? No problem!   You can borrow a pole for 24 hours from Reedy Creek, McDowell, or Latta Plantation through the Tackle Loaner Program, offered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.    

More “restful” adventurers should browse our list of National Outdoor Book Award winners, the best works in outdoor publishing and writing   The 2016 winner, Fast in the Night, is Debbie Clarke Moderow’s account of her Iditarod journey and connection with her beloved huskies.  Sue Leaf's Portage, the 2016 honorable mention, is part history lesson, part family canoe trip, spanning 35 years.   

Be sure to check out the organization’s comprehensive list of past winners.  

The Library can bring the sounds of nature to you, too!  Head over to Hoopla to download or stream the roar of a thundering waterfall,  a peaceful forest, or crashing ocean waves.    

However you want to explore this summer, let the Library bring the Great Outdoors to you!