Camping with the Library

Saturday, October 1, 2022
1:00 pm

Join the library at A.J. Jolly’s group campsite to go camping! Camping is free of charge. However, patrons are responsible for their own camping necessities including food, water, equipment and safety.

Registration is required.

The library will have a variety of outdoor toys and games available for use as well as honor books that may be read and returned to any library branch or to one of our express units.

You are not required to camp with the library to attend events; patrons camping on their own in the park, or those who choose to come solely for a program, are also welcome.  Please note in special needs section of the registration if you will not need a campsite.

Camping will take place at Camp Whipoorwill. The library will mail you a campsite pass two weeks prior to the event. If registration occurs within the two week window, you may pick up your pass at the campground between 1-3 pm.

The camping area is outlined below in magenta.

The library will be providing several programs throughout the night.  Registration for individual events is not necessary.

Ongoing (during daylight) – Story Path

Walk the Environmental Education Center’s nature path and enjoy one of the libraries Story paths as you go!

Ongoing (during daylight) – Outdoor Games

Giant outdoor games including blue foam blocks, Connect Four and Jenga.

1-4 pm – Book Bus

Located at the main entrance to Camp Whipoorwill, the Book Bus will be giving away free books for all ages.

1-3 pm – Make Your Own Trail Mix

Located in the picnic shelter, patrons can choose from a variety of treats to create their own trail mix.

2-4 pm – Meet the Expert

Located along the path through Camp Whipoorwill and at the main campfire. Meet experts on a variety of subjects including thru hiking and campfire cooking.

2:30-5:30 pm – Crafts

Located at the picnic shelter. Join us for crafts for both kids and adults.

3-5 pm – Hiking with the Library

Learn about local plants and animals as we hike the Environmental Education Center’s nature trail together.

6-6:30 pm – Campfire Stories for Children

Gather around the campfire for a story time under the stars.

6:30-7 pm – Campfire Stories for Tweens and Teens

Gather around the campfire for spooky tales.

7:30-9:30 pm – What’s Up in the Night Sky

Located at the picnic shelter. Cincinnati Observatory will share their knowledge about what’s up in the night sky.  If weather allows, there will be telescope viewing. If it is too cloudy, a craft will be provided instead.

8:30-9:30 pm – Flashlight Tag

Starting location at the picnic shelter. Flashlights will be provided. This activity is intended for teens and tweens.

A.J. Jolly Park

We want to thank A.J. Jolly Park for partnering with us to make this event possible!

In addition to the fun provided by the library, A.J. Jolly Park has many amenities that will be available to campers including:

  • 200 acre fishing lake
  • 4 baseball fields
  • Picnic areas
  • Basketball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Picnic pavilion
  • 18-hole Frisbee golf course

A.J. Jolly also offers kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and paddle boats to rent. Patrons are responsible for their own rental fee. More information can be found regarding rentals here:


Alexandria - AJ Jolly Park

Register for this event

  • Only register your child(ren).
  • Caretakers do not need to register to attend.

Registrations are closed for this event.

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