Spring has sprung and some days are just too nice to stay inside, but that doesn’t mean you have to put down your book. Crosley and John have been scouring the Borough for prime outdoor reading spots. What places in your neighborhood would be good for reading? We share some ideas below. But before we head outside with our favorite stories, here are some important things to remember:

  1. Consider the light. If it’s a sunny day, look for a shady spot for reading. If it’s evening or night (reading outdoors at night can be fun!), take a flashlight or reading light with you.
  2. Remember the sunscreen. Did you know you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day? Use sunscreen on your face, neck, and any part of your arms, hands, legs, and feet not covered by clothing.
  3. Think about water. Bring along a water bottle and maybe some snacks. Stay hydrated while you read.
  4. Think about water again. If you’re close to a lake, river, pond, pool, or even the ocean, take along a waterproof bag for storing your books.
  5. Think about water one more time. Take an umbrella for added shade, and just in case it rains.

Now, our list of best places to read outdoors:

  1. Your backyard. Do you have a tree house or trampoline? Both can be fun places to read. Take an old rug, blanket, or towel outside, along with some pillows, and create a comfy reading spot. Lean against a tree or use your lawn furniture.
  2. Your porch. A covered porch can be a great place to read even on a rainy day.
  3. A park. Find a bench or picnic table where you can sit and read. Take a blanket or towel and settle down in the grass or beside a tree.
  4. An outdoor cafe. Do you have a favorite place for summer drinks or treats? Take along a book.
  5. The pool or lake. (See number four above). When you are tired of swimming, take a reading break.
  6. A campground. Pack books when you go camping. Reading in a cozy tent or camper is a summertime treat.

Let us know what places you discover for outdoor reading.