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One of our strategic plan objectives at North Central Regional Library is to develop strategic partnerships that help to engage new users and strengthen communities.

With that goal in mind, NCRL Adult Services purchased 10 family passes to the historic Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee earlier this year. These passes were made available for free check-out from the Wenatchee Public Library.

Over the summer, from the end of May through the beginning of October, the passes were checked out 120 times. Ohme Gardens reported that 391 individuals entered Ohme Gardens using an NCRL family pass.

Each pass provides unlimited entry to two adults and any children in the household during the two-week lending period.

Ohme Gardens, located at the north end of Wenatchee, celebrated it’s 90th year this year. It features flower gardens, alpine meadows, ponds and waterfalls, and forested paths as well as dozens of benches to enjoy stunning views of the Wenatchee Valley.

Overall this pilot program was very successful! The passes were consistently checked out and used by our community. NCRL looks forward to purchasing passes again for the 2020 season at Ohme Gardens and making a selection of additional passes available at other area libraries.

NCRL Adult Services is also looking to expand this type of program across our 5-county region at more area attractions. If you have a suggestion for a museum, garden, or area attraction near you, please email Amanda Brack,

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