You can save yourself money and enjoy some of the interesting sights of Vermont by borrowing a park or museum pass from the library. Sometimes you want to know about a place before you visit it, and sometimes your curiosity is heightened after your experience. Here are a few books related to the passes the Rutland Free Library offers.
National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States
“The United States has more than 5,800 state parks, occupying 12 million-plus acres. Their annual visitation numbers are staggering—three-quarters of a billion people, three times the number of visits made to national parks.” Decorated with beautiful photographs, this travel guide describes several parks in each state. For the major parks, sections include “What to See and Do” and “Camping and Lodging.” Additional parks are listed with fewer details; more than a dozen Vermont sites are included. “At the heart of this park is Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont. Swimming and boating are favorite activities.” This book may help you figure out where to go when you borrow the Vermont State Park pass.
A Pictorial History of the Shelburne Museum
by Richard Lawrence Greene and Kenneth Edward Wheeling
“It was just another day when Mrs. J. Watson Webb purchased the first land whereon to build her museum in 1947. The sequel was cause for at least astonishment, perhaps even sharp Yankee wit. Three buildings in the town were moved right off their foundations and onto the museum property.” Filled with mostly black-and-white photographs, this short book describes the history of the museum and its contents, from pewter to paintings, from clocks to cloth, and from sleighs to the circus parade. “Sixty Lilliputian bandwagons, cage wagons and tableaux stretch 518 feet around the horseshoe in what Ringling once called a ‘winding, dazzling river of silver and gold…’” Before or after using the Shelburne Museum pass, learn more about the museum itself.
What Are You Looking At? The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
by Will Gompertz
“Modern art (spanning roughly the period from the 1860s to the 1970s) and contemporary art (generally considered to be art produced by still-living artists) is not a long-running gag being played by a few insiders on a gullible public.” Gompertz offers a fun and readable history of modern art, from pre-Impressionism to today. “Another of the more obvious trends during this period is for artists to question what had been accepted boundaries regarding taste and decency by producing work intended to provoke and shock.” For a better idea of what you will be looking at when you check out the MASS MoCA pass, check out this book.
Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene
“In 1902, at the height of his corporate career, Robert Lincoln sought refuge in the mountains of Vermont.” This little booklet tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, and his house called Hildene. “The original blueprints, correspondence with the builder and architect, ledgers, canceled checks, and even samples of wallpaper were waiting when the historians and restorers assembled to begin putting together the story of the Lincolns in Vermont.” Put together by the Friends of Hildene, Inc., this overview is kept as a reference in our Vermont Room. Browse through it, then take the pass and explore Hildene.
Birdwatching in Vermont
by Ted Murin and Bryan Pfeiffer
“Another morning dawns in Vermont, where in bogs and backyards, marshes and meadows, forests and fens, birds brighten the landscape in one of nature’s most captivating displays. This book is a ticket to the show.” Two Vermonters take a look at bird-watching, explaining where and how to do it in Vermont. With a bird identification guide and this book in hand, you can seek out the bird in the bush. About West Rutland Marsh, the authors write, “This long, narrow cattail marsh along the meandering Castleton River provides a summer home to a host of birds.” After visiting VINS with a pass, you may want to take up this bird-oriented hobby.
The Rutland Free Library has the books above and the passes below. For more about the passes, visit the library’s web page www.rutlandfree.org/borrow/museum-park-passes.
• American Precision Museum
• Billings Farm & Museum
• ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
• MASS MoCA
• Shelburne Farms
• Shelburne Museum
• Vermont State Parks
• Vermont Historic Sites
• Vermont History Museum
• Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
Happy reading and day tripping!