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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

Book Walks Back At Dyck Arboretum

Posted 6/8/2017

Record Staff

 Hesston Public Library and Dyck Arboretum are encouraging residents to get out and walk their way through a story with the Book Walk, part of the Summer Reading Program.

Hesston Public Library Director Libby Albers said the Book Walk, in its second year, is a chance for readers to experience a story while getting some exercise.

The purpose of the Book Walk is to get folks engaged with reading in a fun and unique way.  We are also hoping to lure folks out to the beautiful Dyck Arboretum.  It is a great way to read a book and enjoy the prairie at the same time,” she said.

Albers said titles will be changed regularly so readers will have new books as they walk the arboretum.  The first book is “Roberto The Insect Architect by Nana Laden. 

We choose books that connect to the national summer reading theme - ‘Build a Better World.’  All the books this year are connected to either building, art, or nature,” said Albers. 

The success of last year’s Book Walk, as well as requests from patrons prompted Albers to bring the program back for a second year.

“They were a big hit!  We are grateful to the Dyck Arboretum for their continued partnership with us and allowing us to place our BookWalk signs along their trail again,” she said.

Albers said 174 families turned in Book Walk challenge sheets last year.

“This only records the number of folks who entered the challenge, and is a very, very low estimate of the BookWalk participants,” she said.

While the program is part of the Summer Reading Program for children, Albers received positive feedback from adults who walk the arboretum.

“Although we choose the books for a child-friendly audience, we heard back from numerous adults that they enjoyed the Book Walks,” she said.

With titles rotating every fortnight, Albers encouraged readers to get out and see what books will be part of the program throughout June and July.

“I would love to have participants discover that reading can happen in fun and exciting ways,” she said.