Jarog feels most people will break up the trip over several days as it would take a minimum of eight hours to visit all nine locations.
“But we do want to encourage people to take a passport and make a commitment to finish,” Jarog said. “I think that every library is a jewel in their community. And each has things to see that people may not know about.”
For instance, the Lockport branch has four items visitors might find interesting: a mural of Lockport’s history, a layered collage of newspaper art about the library, collectibles that depict historic Lockport buildings (“They’re fun to look at and they’re also for sale,” Jarog said) and an 1873 atlas of Will County.
”It’s a very unique book if you haven’t seen one from that time,” Jarog said. “An atlas wasn’t just a collection of maps. It was a collection of beautiful drawings of people farming and property throughout Will County.”
People who already love libraries will need no coaxing. For others, Jarog couldn’t stress enough the pleasant surprises that await patrons.
“Every town and city I go to, I have to go and see the library and take a picture in front of it,” Jarog said. “The amazing things I have seen in libraries in this country are just phenomenal. And I think they should be part of people’s road trips whenever they experience a new town.”
Jarog especially liked the story book garden at the Spies Public Library in Menominee, Michigan, which overlooks the bay, she said.
“It couldn’t have been more spectacular,” Jarog said. “I had tears in my eyes when going through it.”