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Spend an Afternoon at the Grounds for Sculpture Courtesy of the Friends of the Spotswood Public Library

Spend an afternoon at the Grounds for Sculpture courtesy of the Friends of the Spotswood Public Library. Credits: Dawn Miller

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Summer family fun adventures can be pricey. However, an afternoon at the Grounds of Sculpture in Hamilton Township is free, thanks to a museum pass purchased by the Friends of the Spotswood Public Library.

The Grounds of Sculpture is a non-conventional museum that mixes art with nature. Explore the extensive parklands to discover more than 270 sculptures admist a background of breathtaking landscaping. There are six indoor galleries to examine as well. Many of the sculptures are life-size and it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish the artwork from the people enjoying an afternoon at the museum.

The museum pass will admit four people to the Grounds of Sculpture. Admission to the museum typically costs $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students ages six through 17. Children five and under are always admitted for free. However, by reserving the pass at the Spotswood Public Library, admission won't cost a penny for library card holders.

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Reservations for "a day of use" must be made in person at the Spotswood Public Library or by telephoning the library at 732-251-1515. While there isn't a charge to reserve the pass, participants must leave a $25 cash deposit upon picking up the museum pass. The deposit will be returned in full if the pass is returned on time.

However, if the pass is not returned, the library will keep the $25 deposit and a $5 per day late fee will be assessed. In the event the pass is not returned or if it is stolen, lost or damaged, the person will lose their $25 deposit and be charged for the replacement cost of the pass.

In oder to pick up a pass, participants should bring their library card as well as a photo ID. Reservations for "a day of use" can be made up to one month in advance.

"A day of use" is the day that an outing is reserved for. Participants can pick up the Grounds for Sculpture museum pass between 3 p.m. and the library closing time on the day before the reservation is scheduled for. The pass must be returned by 1 p.m. on the day after use and should be brought to the circulation desk not put inside the outside book drop. Passes used on a Friday or Saturday should be returned by 1 p.m. on the following Monday. Reservations for the pass can be cancelled should plans change or an emergency arises.

The Grounds for Sculpture is open Tuesdays trhough Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Food and beverages are not permitted in the park. However, there are dining and snack options that range in prices. The museum pass does not give the user any discounts in the gift shop or restaurants.

The Friends of the Spotswood Public Library is a community-based organization that was founded in 1996. It works through various fundraising efforts throughout the year to help the library to better serve the community. They routinely sponsor several events year round including Monday Movie Matinees, lectures and basket raffles.

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