Nature backpacks at the West Tisbury library

All the components that make up the new Nature Backpacks at the West Tisbury library. Courtesy West Tisbury Library.

The West Tisbury library announces that its new Nature Backpacks are available to check out in the children’s room. The library has 11 backpacks that can be checked out for two weeks with a library card, just as you would check out a book. Each backpack is a “kit” that is tied to different nature-related interests, including beaches, woods, fields, rocks, plants, birds, and the night sky. They are packed with supplies such as books, field guides, maps, binoculars, pocket microscopes, and even tick-removal implements. Use the resources and tools in each backpack to explore the nature of Martha’s Vineyard.

These backpacks were curated by children’s librarian Nelia Decker and young adult librarian Laura Hearn to empower children to become explorers, naturalists, scientists, and lovers of the environment.

The library’s backpack collection is made possible by a Science Is Everywhere LSTA grant (Library Services and Technology Act), administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.