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Hidden Gems of the Library (and How to Utilize Them)

Museum Adventure Pass

It’s no secret that I’m fairly new to the Niles-Maine District Library staff. I’m lucky that I’ve just started working with my amazing team about three months ago. I’ll admit, I had an old-fashioned idea of what a library could be (long stacks of books, librarians shushing me all the time), and let me tell you, this library far surpasses what I could have ever imagined (and I’m totally not saying this because I work here). As someone who only utilized my university’s library when I absolutely HAD to, I was really impressed with all the amazing programs, activities, and resources this library has to offer.

Within my first week as a staff member, I was trying to learn all of our departments and what each of them offered. Because I’m a digital marketer by nature, I was immediately drawn to the digital and technical services departments. How cool is that I can run downstairs from my office and 3D print a gift for my boyfriend or design a poster with InDesign or Adobe Illustrator and then have it printed right here in the Library?

Not only are there so many digital wonders of the Library, there are hidden gems I would have never thought the Library would offer. With that said, I’m going to be sharing these gems once a month as I find them. Take an adventure with me while I discover all the Niles-Maine District Library has to offer!

My First Discovery

With any new job, you learn A LOT in those first few weeks. I was in a meeting when someone mentioned using the Library’s Museum Pass. My ears immediately perked up as 1) I LOVE museums (Science and Industry FTW!) and 2) What in the what was a museum pass and how could I get my hands on one!?

The Museum Adventure Pass, as I learned, is a program that provides free or discounted admission to 18 museums and destinations in the Chicago area. Only Niles cardholders can use the passes and they are available on a first come, first serve basis. To see which passes are available, you’ll want to visit KidSpace and speak to a Librarian.

Some highlights include:

Brookfield Zoo
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children’s Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)

Chicago Botanic Garden
Admits 1 car at 50% off per pass

Legoland Discovery Center
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $19.00. Children 2 and under are free. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age…the Center is geared toward families with children 3-10 years old.

Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)

Illinois Railway Museum
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1

Naper Settlement
1. Buy One Ticket: Get one Free; Maximum of Two (2) free tickets per coupon. Free ticket(s) will be lowest value item(s). 2. Valid for General Admission only: April 1 – October 31. Not valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee.

Visit to see the complete list, and for hours and directions.

Stay tuned for a new hidden gem next month as I navigate my way through the exciting workings of the Niles-Maine District Library.

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