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Jackson District Library Bookmobile Coloring Contest.  How would you decorate the JDL Bookmobile? Stop by any branch starting August 1 to pick up a coloring sheet. Get creative and color or decorate the bookmobile any way you’d like. Return your coloring sheet to your branch by August 31 to be displayed.  Winners for each branch will be contacted on September 7 and receive a giant Crayola art set.  You can also download and print off the coloring sheet here.

Bright Walls Community Mural Project.   Looking for a fun summer project? How about contributing to our community mural? Head to your local Jackson District Library branch and grab a wooden tile. Take it home and decorate it using the instructions on the tile. Return your tile to any Jackson District Library branch before Aug 20 so the Bright Walls team can assemble them for a special exhibition.  The community mural will be part of this year’s Bright Walls Bright Site.

Explore The Trail System in Jackson.  Trails walking, hiking and biking are only a few of the ways you can make use of Jackson’s abundance of trails. Jackson’s trails give you a hundred great excuses to get out and experience nature in its purest form.

 Falling Waters Trail, an integral part of the statewide proposed Iron-Belle and Great Lake to Lake Trails. Placed where Michigan Central Railroad once stood, the Falling Waters Trail is a 10.6-mile linear park connecting the Village of Concord to the City of Jackson.  Next, the Falling Waters Trail continues for 3.4 miles as the Martin Luther King Equality Trail, formerly the Inter-City Trail, from Jackson’s Weatherwax Drive to Morrell Street. And finally, the Grand River Arts Walk leads walkers, joggers and cyclists from Downtown Jackson through the Arts District and onto Monroe Street.

Waterloo Recreation Area, the largest state park in the lower peninsula, contains enough trails to last a lifetime. 47 miles of hiking trails,12 miles of interpretive nature trails, and another 12 miles of equestrian trails are all nestled within 20,000 acres of protected forest.

The MacCready Reserve, south of town, includes 6.5 miles of dog-friendly trails among 400 acres of lush forest environment.

The Dahlem provides five miles of diverse trails. Walk among forests, fields, marshes and ponds, including a -mile trail for those with limited mobility, called the “The Nature For All Trail”. Trails are open year-round. 

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