2013 Community Read

2013 5H Community Read | A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Book - A Walk in the Woods

by Bill Bryson

“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”

So begins Bill Bryson’s hilarious book A Walk in the Woods.  Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The AT, as it’s affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start, there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail.  Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it’s not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson’s car.  Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them.

But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike.  Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness.  An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

by Bill Bryson

Approximately 1,500 copies of A Walk in the Woods by B5HCommunity Readill Bryson, this year’s 5H Community Read book were ordered. This year’s 5H Community Read will support the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation’s Move More initiative. They will be distributed throughout the 5 Healthy Towns of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge starting at the end of July.

Copies available from the library:

Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

 

Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown | Tuesday, Nov. 5 | 7:30-9pm | Chelsea Alehouse | Drop-In

Chelsea Alehouse

Time to show off all you learned from this year’s 5H Community Read, A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson! Come to the Chelsea Alehouse for a friendly trivia competition based on Bryson’s book. Free to participate–bring your team or join one that night. Winning team gets wellness-themed prizes! In partnership with the Chelsea Alehouse.

 

Books on Film: A Walk in the Woods – Redford and Nolte to Star

You might really be interested in this if you liked our Community Read book, A Walk inthe Woods by Bill Bryson.

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by Bill Bryson

Enjoy and keep reading

by Ron

Geocaching for Beginners | Saturday, Oct. 26 | 10am | Dexter District Library

Join Doug Vandenberg from the Michigan Geocaching Organization for an introduction to this fun outdoor pursuit.

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Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use GPS enabled devices and other navigational techniques to hide and see ‘caches’ along trails, parks and natural areas. Learn how to find hidden, outstanding and interesting locations in Michigan, throughout the U.S. and all over the world through this fun, outdoor activity.

The program will introduce basic GPS devices and their use, discuss resources to help you get involved in geocaching and bring sample caches to help attendees identify caches in the wild. At the conclusion of the program, attendees will head out from the Library to find hidden caches right here in Dexter.

5H Community Read Book Discussion at the Library | Friday, Oct. 25 | 12pm | Stockbridge Library – Drop-In

branch-stockbridgeBring your brown-bag lunch at noon and join us for a discussion of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Refreshments served. Stockbridge Library, CADL

 

 

A Walk in the Woods:
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Mud pits, and long grass, and bears, oh my!

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Kissing a bear!?

What do these things have in common? Come along on a bear hunt and find out.  The beloved children’s classic “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” is now an interactive book walk at Silver Maples of Chelsea and you are invited to join in the fun. More than 100 people attended the opening weekend September 13-15, but the book signs and stations are up until the end of October.

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Swishing through long grass…

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Ahhhh…..

Swish through the long grass, splosh across the ‘river’, squelch your toes in the gooey mud, and clamber over logs in the woods. Then Hoo Woo! bring a bottle of bubbles to make your own snowstorm, and tiptoe into the bear cave if you dare. Then, Yikes! What was that? Quick! back through the cave, back through the snow, woods, mud, river and grass to the safety of home, a nice soft blanket to hide under, and a teddy bear to hug.

 

Most people want to go on this Bear Hunt again!

by Meg Gower

 

 

 

Better Off Read Book Discussion Group | Thursday, Oct. 17 | 2pm | Dexter District Library

Interested in discussing the Community Read title A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson with others? Stop by the library and join the Better Off Read Discussion Group.Dexter District Library 2

Come and try out the Better Off Read Book Discussion Group

 

This group generally reads popular fiction and non-fiction titles. If you are looking for a book discussion group, a visit during the Community Read is a good way to try this one out.

Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester libraries copies:
Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

Books & Banter | Thursday, Oct.17 | 1:30pm | McKune Room, Chelsea District Library

Trail in the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Join the library staff for a lively, friendly book discussion of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson in the McKune Room.

Books will be available at the Check-Out desk.

This is open to all and Drop-In.

 

Chelsea libraries copies:
Book    Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

5H Community Read Book Discussion & Healthy Food Potluck | Thursday, Oct. 17 | 6:30pm | Heritage Elementary School | Drop-In

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Join a Healthy Food Potluck!

Join a Healthy Food potluck at the monthly Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition meeting at 6:30pm, then discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson from 7-7:45pm.

The school is location at 222 Western Avenue, Stockbridge, MI.

A Walk in the Woods:
Book on CD    Large Print    eBook    eAudio

Grass Lake Preschoolers “Stroll, Roll and Read”

DSCN1194Hi everyone,
Just wanted to share about today’s “Stroll, Roll and Read.”
We has perfect weather for our walk!
Fifteen 15 laminated pages of the book “ I Went Walking” by Sue Williams were placed along the Grass Lake village streets and in the Whistlestop Park.
We moved from stop-to-stop reading the pages. (Each kid had their own board book to read along.)
The group consisted of 13 kids and their parent/grandparent, along with a few strollers and wagons.
The kids were excited and couldn’t wait to discover the next page station. Lots of fun and we achieved our 5 Healthy Town goal of “Moving More.”
It was a wonderful autumn experience.

Check out the action below:
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Mushrooms in Michigan: A Seasonal Guide | Tuesday, Oct. 8 | 7pm | Dexter District Library

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Mushroom hunting can be a fun and tasty way of getting out and exercising! Come learn about the wide varieties of edible mushrooms that grow in Michigan.

Learn mushroom selection from Phil Tedeschi, President of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club. Tedeschi has 40 years of mushroom hunting experience to share. Come learn how to tell the tasty from the poisonous and hear about great places to start your own hunting adventures.

This program will be held in the lower level meeting room and registration is recommended.

Wellness Walk with the Dexter Wellness Coalition and Drop-In Book Discussion of “A Walk in the Woods” | Saturday, Oct. 12 | 9am | Dexter District Library

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Here’ a chance to “Move More” and jump-start your weekend with a brisk walk around town.

Beginning at 9:00am, members of the Dexter Wellness Coalition lead participants on a one mile circuit with options of longer loops.

After the Wellness Walk, stop in at the Library for a drop-in book discussion at 10:00am in the Library’s lower level meeting room and share your thoughts on A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson and how you are moving more.

Copies of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson are available from the TLN libraries:

Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

 Zumba Movement | Saturday, Oct. 12 | 11:30am | Dexter District Library – Drop-In

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Zumba class

Lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party.

Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.

This program will be held in the lower level meeting room for ages 4 to adult and no registration is required.

Stroll, Roll and Read | Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 11:15am-Noon | Jackson District Library

I went walking

I Went Walking by Sue WIlliams

Storytime is on the move with a picture book walk! Preschools and adults walk a short trail while reading the juvenile book, I Went Walking by Sue Williams.

Bring your strollers, wagons or walking shoes. This short hike is sure to be fun! Each child will receive their own book to read along.

Registration is suggested and this program is for ages 3-5.

 

A Walk in the North Woods – Summer 2013 

SleepingBearTrailI was determined to work out more on vacation than I do at home and this included a very early morning run/walk on a Monday morning.   My son did the running. My husband and I did the walking.

The sun was just rising when we arrived at the trail head for the Indian Trail, the southernmost trail on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This beautiful stretch of land runs 35 miles along Lake Michigan  from Frankfort to Leland in northwestern the lower peninsula. SleepingBearTrail2

I breathed in the fresh morning air and smelled the white pines, a truly restorative process.  I loved seeing the carpet of moss and delicate ferns that line the path. Our son looped us on his run, but we met out on the lookout to the big Lake.  What a sight after being in the cover of the evergreens, maples and birches.  The sand and dune grasses underlined the two-toned water.  We could see South Manitou island on the horizon.  Soon it was time to return on our path back through the woods….a perfect way to start the day and a welcome week of workouts for me.

P.S. Please come to our event at St. Louis Center on Sun. Oct. 13 “Everybody Can Move More“.  All ages and abilities are invited to this free event
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” A Walk in the Village” in Grass Lake

It was a delightful evening for “A Walk in the Village” in Grass Lake.

Historian James Damaron led a group of 45 people along the streets of the town, sharing facts, stories and local lore. He gave out information about some of the old businesses, hotels, churches and interurban stations.

The tour started at the Jackson District Library Grass Lake Branch, the former home of the Power & Light Company. This building still houses the original walk-in safe. People could go inside and see old village records from the early 1900s.

They progressed to the business district and learned about the Lake House Hotel, Farmers State Bank, Uriah Shelley Grocery, Post Office, and Davenport Hotel.

The group also discovered that Maple Street was originally called “Lovers Lane.” They also visited the site of the oldest village building that was a former Methodist Church. Currently that building is the Grass Lake Cooperative Preschool.

They group also traveled the path of the former interurban and discovered the old bridge for the train tracks. Village Walk

Photo: James Damaron tells history stories on the front steps of the former Lake House Hotel.

 

 

Tell us about your Walk or Adventure…

Hey all,

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photo along the AT by a friend.

You might have seen my post about Clingman’s Dome and the highest point of the AT I visited during my vacation.  I know that there are others out there who have been on a hike, vacation, or other activity where you “moved more”.

Please send me a paragraph or two about your experience and if you’d like include a picture.  I will try to post these to our site to see what our readers or doing.  Send to randrews@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

Remember to carry your “Katz’s Bear Defense” with you if you’re in the Wood,  come get your copy of “A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson” and MOVE MORE!

posted by Ron Andrews

Everybody Move More | Sunday, Oct. 13 | 2-4:30pm | St. Louis Center

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St. Louis Center Fitness for Life Community Program

St. Louis Center is thankful and excited to host this event that encourages a healthy active lifestyle. We look forward to sharing our facility and new special needs playground with the community”.

We will begin with a tour of the playground then MOVE into the gymnasium for a wheelchair basketball game (disabled and able bodies) led by Caitlin Deis, Fitness Specialist, along with residents of the Center. We will conclude the ACTION with country line, swing and other party dances by Chelsea’s own dance instructor Sue Bauer. Come and join in the fun! In partnership with St. Louis Center’s “Fitness for Life” Community Program.

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My Walk in the Woods

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Ron at the highest point of the Appalachian Trail – located at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hey all,  just back from a great trip hiking in on the Blue Ridge Parkway and travelling through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!  I actually got a chance to stop and walk along a very short portion of the Appalachian Trail where it reaches its highest elevation along the trail – Clingman’s Dome.  I also had a great chat with a couple of through-hikers who said they were very grateful for the warm weather although it was very foggy the day we were there.  It was quite a hike up Clingman’s Dome but well worth if for the vista and the fresh mountain air.  That’s my most current Walk in the Woods!

(Note I had my book with me)

by Ron Andrews

 

A night out at the Eddy Discovery Center – Library Lockout

Lockout CookingThe Chelsea District Library’s Lock-Out at the Eddy Discovery Center was a night to remember, and one that will probably be repeated!  Thirteen teens gathered to cook out, hike the bog and tell spooky stories by the fireside, overseen by Park Interpreter Katie McGlashen, Chelsea librarian Edith Donnell, and Saline Librarian Katie Mitchell, who brought her two daughters along to the event.  First we grilled on the Discovery Center’s outdoor grill station, thanks to the fab skills of Katie Mitchell.  Hot dogs and tofu dogs were on the menu, along with chips, apples and a veggie tray.
After everyone was pleasantly stuffed,  Katie McGlashen offered us a personal tour of the Discovery Center. The center’s main exhibit room has a large, interactive map of the Waterloo area and features exhibits of the prominent habitats found within easy walking distance of the center, including the beech-maple forest, hardwood swamp and bog.  The teens checked out hatching snapping turtles, fed a salamander and held a garter snake, then wandered the hands-on gem display Eddy1and checked out Lockoutthe interactive map.
The most exciting part of the night was the walk into and out of the bog. Black spruce bogs are normally associated with Northern Michigan, the upper peninsula and Canada. Few people realize that the Waterloo Recreation Area is home to the southern most example of a black spruce bog in Michigan. The bog has probably existed since the end of the last ice age some 10,000 years ago. As the climate warmed other Southern Michigan spruce bogs disappeared, but this one has survived.In addition to the towering black spruce, the bog is home to sphagnum moss, pitcher plants, sundews, and the pink moccasin flower orchid.
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Armed with small flashlights, the teens were able to go into parts of the trail that are only available to guided tours.  Katie McGlashen pointed out strange animals and plants along the trail, including fuzzy white aphids that waved when you blew on them, and Jewelweed, which literally pops in your hand to release its seeds, she also pointed out poison sumac, to be avoided at all costs!  Teens got to touch the edges of the pitcher plants to feel the hairs which keep the bugs trapped.
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By the time we began the hike back, it was pitch black and the flashlights became the only thing that kept everyone on the trail!  We came back for s’mores over a campfire, which was extremely finicky to start and a bit smoky, but no one cared because we were too busy telling each other scary stories.
After a night like this, it’s no wonder every teen attending asked when we would be having this event again.:)
by Edith Donnell

 

Playmakers at Heritage Elementary in Stockbridge

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Limbering up at the Walk-and-Run program by Playmakers in Stockbridge

Representatives of Playmakers were on hand at Heritage Elementary School in Stockbridge recently to present a program to a crowd of over 30 people on how to walk or run without injury.  “It was well done and informative,” said participant Cady Bauer.

 

 

 

Another great program at Stockbridge

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Ray Rustem on the Stockbridge Community Pathways

Ray Rustem of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources was recently on hand for a 5H Community Read event at Stockbridge High School.  Mr. Rustem gave participants tips on good hiking gear, clothing, and food before conducting an interpreted nature walk on a section of the Stockbridge Community Pathways.  “Our state parks are second to none,” Rustem said.  “Nothing compares in the variety of terrain.  There are wonderful opportunities (for hiking and biking) in Michigan.”

Move More Movie Nights | Thursdays, Oct. 3,10,17,24 and 31 | 7pm | Dexter District Library – Drop-In

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Dexter District Library

Stop by the Library for a free showing of a feature film or documentary related to the ‘Move More” Community Read theme.

Please call or stop by the Dexter District Library (734 – 426-4477) for a list of movies to be shown or just drop in and be surprised! Due to licensing restrictions, the Library is only able to advertise the titles in-house.

Please note, showing on October 24 will begin at 6:30pm due to the run time of the movie.

A Walk in the Village | Thursday, Oct. 3 | 6-7pm | Jackson District Library – Drop-In

Grass Lake Michigan, historical marker

Join local historian James Damaron for a walking tour  of historic Grass Lake. Go back in time and visit the site of old hotels, depots, the village post office, a one-room schoolhouse, interurban places and many other businesses.

Tour starts at the library , where you can peek inside the former Power and Light Company office safe. This program is Drop-In and for ages 8 and up. Rain date is Saturday, October 5 at 11am.

 

 

Backpacking Basics with REI | Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 7pm | Dexter District Library  Drop-In

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REI Ann Arbor

Staff from the REI Ann Arbor store will take the mystery out of backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Lean how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Important notes on trail etiquette and ‘Leave No Trace’ principles will also be covered. The program will be in the lower level meeting room and registration is not required.

 

Stockbridge “Move More Day”  a success!

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Crowd gathered at Stockbridge “Move More” event.

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On your marks…Stockbridge “Move More” event

Over 100 participants attended “Move More Day” in Stockbridge Saturday, Sept. 14 as part of the 5H Community Read.  Attendees both young and young-at-heart took part in yoga, exercise equipment and Tai Chi demos, shot baskets (both basketball and disc golf,) kicked soccer goals, raced by foot and tricycle, bowled, pitched water balloons and watched performances by the Stockbridge High School Marching Band and the Flying Aces Professional Frisbee Team.  The event was a collaboration of the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation, the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition, Stockbridge Community Education, the Stockbridge branch of the Capital Area District Libraries and the Friends of the Stockbridge Library, with contributions from over a dozen community volunteers.

Gerald R. Eddy Discovery Center Lock-OUT | Sept. 21 |6 -10pm

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Gerald R. Eddy Discovery Center

Grab your flashlight! The library’s having its first ever Lock-Out at the Gerald R. Eddy Discovery Center.

Gather round the campfire dinner of hot dogs and kabobs, and enjoy a private tour of the Discovery Center. After a few ghost stories, Park interpreter Katie McGlashen will lead a night hike in the Center’s mysterious bog to see night animals and perhaps catch sight of a will-o’-the-wisp. End the evening back at the campfire with SUPER S’mores.

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Park Interpreter Katie McGlashen with a group.

This program at the Eddy Discovery Center is for ages 11 and up and registration is required. To register, call (734) 475-8732 or go online at http://www.chelsea.lib.mi.us and click on the Calendar tab.  Directions.

 

 

How to Walk or Run without Injury | Thursday, Sept. 19 | 7:00-7:45pm – Drop-In

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Heritage Elementary School

Following the Stockbridge Wellness Coalition’s monthly meeting at Heritage Elementary School, a walking/running expert from Playmakers will demonstrate how to walk or run without injury. Come for the meeting at 6:30pm or just the presentation at 7pm.

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How to Walk or Run without Injury with the Playmakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move More with KinderConcert | Saturday, Sept. 21 | 10:00am |Dexter District Library

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KinderConcert from 2010-2011 season

Music and movement activities introduce young children to the joys of classical music. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents the “Sensational Saxophone” featuring saxophonist Dan Graser. Join movement expert Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson in this fun, interactive program. Parents and children ages 6 and under are invited to drop in the Library and enjoy this free program.

Michigan Hiking, Biking & Walking Trails with Ray Rustem| Wed. Sept. 18 | 2:45-3:45pm – Drop-In

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Hiking in Michigan

Ray Rustem from the Michigan DNR will make a presentation at Stockbridge High School, then lead a hike on the nature trail adjacent to the schools, weather permitting.

 

 

 

 

Come take a look!  Grab a copy of A Walk in the Woods and actually walk through the woods!

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Tracy Ball, DNR Recreation Program Assistant and Jennifer Kundak take a walk through the library woods.

Come see the wonderful display in the lobby of the Chelsea District Library!

In keeping with our 5H Community theme book, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, you can actually take a walk through the woods.  See Carol (hiker), a couple of bears, a porcupine, skunk, rabbit, hedgehog, squirrel and a couple of birds. Can you find them all?

You can also find maps and trail guides of the area, find out what the BIG 400 is and pick up program listings of events in all of the 5H communities.

Many thanks to the Chelsea District Library and the many contributors to our 5H Community Read display!

Move More Day |Saturday, Sept. 14 | 2-4pm | Stockbridge Middle School

Flying Aces

Come see the Flying Aces perform!

Enjoy a fun-filled fitness day on the Stockbridge Middle School grounds. Events include kids’ foot races, adult trike races, disc golf, yoga, exercise equipment and bike safety demos, a walk on the trail with nature interpreter Jennifer Hollenbeck and a performance by professional Frisbee team The Flying Aces. Prizes and drawings too!

5H Picture Book Walk | September 14 | 11:00am | Silver Maples – Drop-In

For the first time, the Silver Maples of Chelsea and the Library are offering readers of all ages a chance to participate in a Picture Book Walk at the Silver Maples’ Community Wellness Path (100 Silver Maples Drive). Participants will walk around the path while reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as retold by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. The Picture Book Walk will open on Saturday, September 14 at 11am with a special ribbon cutting and celebration, including performances by local celebrity readers.

Retold by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Retold by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

The Picture Book Walk promotes a love of reading with the enjoyment of the outdoors. It’s a free, festive, and educational program that appeals to all ages.

The Community Wellness Path consists of three legs, each connecting with the others. The approximate 1-mile loop connects St. Mary, the school district ball fields, the hospital, and Silver Maples. Secondary legs connect the Chelsea Senior Center with the 1-mile loop and the hospital wood chipped path that runs along the historic Interurban rail line.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt tells the story of a brave family who must travel through forest, snow and caves to track down a bear. With tremendous pace, humor, and verve, this beloved book is not to be missed, one to be chanted aloud and acted out, to be enjoyed over and over again. Its a picture book on the grand scale.

Folding Chair Fitness | Fridays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 4 | 6-6:45pm | Stockbridge – Drop-In

Learn low-impact exercise techniques that can help virtually anyone get (back) on the road to fitness while sitting in a folding chair. Held on the Stockbridge Town Square in Stockbridge Town Squareconjunction with the Stockbridge Open Air Market.

Events at Stockbridge are made possible through a partnership of the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation, the Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition, the Friends of the Stockbridge Branch Library, Stockbridge Community Education, and the Stockbridge Library, CADL.

Discover the BIG 400 and take A Walk in the Woods!

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The Big 400

This fall, the 5H Community Read will be partnering with the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce to help promote the Big 400 initiative. “The Big 400” is an area of about 400 square miles of Southern Michigan, which encompasses communities in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston and Ingham counties and is connected by public lands, paths and waterways. It is a special area that Mother Nature gave to us, from the natural beauty of our surrounding waterways, parks and trails to the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the forms of hiking, biking, kayaking along with first class hunting and fishing.

The Big 400 to those of us who can call it home is a hidden treasure. To first time visitors it’s often a pleasant surprise and a place they want to return. To those of you who have yet to experience what the Big 400 is and has to offer please visit our display at the library to learn more and accept an open invitation to visit, stay a while and get acquainted, plan a return trip or plan a lifetime.

Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary and Waterloo Rec area

Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary and Waterloo Rec area

Stop by the Chelsea District Library this fall to pick up trail maps and other resources to help guide your journey to Lower Michigan’s largest recreational area. To learn more, please visit the Big 400 at www.thebig400.com or the Chamber at www.chelseamichamber.org.

 

5H Community Read – Kickoff Event – Tomorrow…Come Join Us!

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI

We are encouraging residents of Chelsea, Dexter, Stockbridge, Grass Lake, and Manchester to move more and read Bill Bryson’s  A Walk in the Woods. Celebrate the good old days, our history, and heritage by visiting us at our booth at the annual Heritage Days Festival in Grass Lake on Saturday, September 7 from 12- 2pm.

Bring your whole family to the event, pick up a copy of A Walk in the Woods, get a free pedometer to track your steps to lose or maintain weight, sample delicious healthy food, and take part as members from all 5 Healthy Towns communities of Grass Lake, Dexter, Chelsea, Stockbridge and Manchester gather together to promote health and wellness.

Great Books @ Chelsea Senior Center| Friday, September 6| 1:00pm – Drop-In

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by Bill Bryson

Join in on a discussion of this year’s 5H Reads Together book, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Along with casual, friendly, conversation, we’ll be enjoying a platter of wraps, humus and sushi, generously provided by Back to the Roots. Copies of the book are available at the library and around town at 5H Reads pick-up locations.

About the book: Author Bill Bryson decides to reconnect with nature by hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Main. Along the way, he encounters oddities both human and animal, struggles with survival skills and reflects upon the beauty and the dangers of the experience. Bryson’s signature deadpan delivery makes his story both humorous and engaging every step of the way.

Where to find a copy of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Over 1,500 copies of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson will circulate in the five healthy towns of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge.Book - A Walk in the Woods

To find a copy, start by visiting one of our sponsor libraries.  In addition, there are several other locations in the five communities to find copies, such as doctor’s offices, hair salons, local restaurants, car dealerships, and many more.

In Chelsea, check out these locations: Chelsea Wellness Center, Chelsea Community Hospital, Chelsea State Bank, Zou Zou’s, Biggby, Bearclaw, Back to the Roots, Chelsea Senior Center, Chelsea Retirement Community,               Silver Maples and the Chamber of Commerce to name just a few.

If you find a copy out in the community, we encourage you to pass it on to a friend when you’ve finished reading it.

Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester libraries copies:
Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

Grass Lake library copies:
Book     Large Print     Book on CD     eBook (OverDrive JDL)

Stockbridge library copies:
Book     Large Print     Book on CD     eBook    eAudio

Paddle Now, Chores Later | Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 7-8pm | Manchester District Library – Drop-In

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Michigan’s Pere Marquette River by Doc Fletcher

Join PBS-featured author and life-long Michigan resident, Doc Fletcher, as he presents his 2013 canoeing and kayaking program, “Paddle Now Chores Later”.

Among the rivers featured will be the Pere Marquette, the subject of Doc’s new book. The program will also focus on the U.P.’s Two Hearted River, a gorgeous stream that flows into Lake Superior, and how it was impacted by – and is recovering from – the third largest fire in Michigan’s history. You don’t have to be a paddling enthusiast to enjoy the program, but you may become one by the time the evening ends.

A free drawing will be held at the end of the program and one person will win a gift certificate good for a free canoe or kayak day trip. The use of the boats and drop-offs/pick-ups are donated by liveries (canoe/kayak rentals) in towns across Michigan. Canoe/Kayak livery brochures and state maps will be made available to assist program attendees in planning river trips. For those interested, Doc will sign and sell copies of his five published books on canoeing and kayaking in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The New Manchester Walking Trail: Design Session | Saturday, Oct. 5 | 10am-12pm |Manchester District Library – Drop-In

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The new Manchester Shared-Use Trail will begin engineering in 2013 and construction in 2014.

What features and types of use are you hoping it will include? Where should the observation decks go? Are there amenities you would like to see? How can we use the trail to link our community together?

If you’ve read this year’s 5H Community Read, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, you should have some great ideas! Join Ray Berg and trail team members during this trail “open house” to talk about your ideas for the trail and view plans and pictures of the proposed route. Refreshments provided.

Manchester libraries copies:
Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

Inspirations for a Meaningful Walk | Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 6pm | Jackson District Library | Drop-In

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Dahlem Nature Trail

Mark Snedeker of the Dahlem Conservancy shares insights on how to make a walk more than exercise.

Mark will offer suggestions to enhance your experience and give updates on one of Jackson’s favorite nature trails. Set aside the pedometers and take walking to a different level.

 

Backpacking Basics | Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 7-8:30pm | Manchester District Library – Drop-In

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Join us for “Backpacking Basics”

Moosejaw Store Manager and outdoors enthusiast Hanna O’Neill will lead you through the basics of backpacking.  She’ll talk about planning, packing, food and gear – all the stuff you need for a real backpacking excursion.

Try out technical clothing and footwear, and take a look at different varieties of stoves, tents and sleeping bags (Hanna will bring several different items for demonstration). There will even be backpacking food available for taste-testing. After this program you’ll have the knowledge you need to hit trail.

 

 

Snowshoeing for Winter Fun and Fitness | Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 7pm | Dexter District Library

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Snowshoeing for Winter Fun and Fitness

Don’t just sit inside this winter, give snowshoeing a try!

Join Mandy Hetfield, from Running Fit for a presentation on beginning snowshoeing.

Learn about the history of snowshoeing, equipment options, trail locations and why snowshoeing is an ideal activity for fun fitness for anyone at any age!

Somewhere in Time Book Discussion Group | Monday, Oct. 14 | 7pm | Dexter District Library

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Come join the discussion!

Interested in discussing the Community Read title, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson with others?

Stop by the Library and join the Somewhere in Time group. This group generally reads titles centered on historical events, but they will be joining in the Community Read this month.

 

Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester libraries copies:
Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

Grass Lake Literacy and Chocolate Society: Community Read Night | Monday, Oct. 14 | 6-7pm | Jackson District Library

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by Bill Bryson

Join a discussion of the Community Read book,  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  (Large Print copy)

This group enjoys lively discussions, and of course, something deliciously chocolate for refreshment!  All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 5H Community Read Program

5HCommunity ReadApproximately 1,500 copies of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, this year’s 5H Community Read book were ordered. This year’s 5H Community Read will support the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation’s Move More initiative. They will be distributed throughout the 5 Healthy Towns of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge starting at the end of July.

Copies available from the library:

Book     Large Print   Audiocassettes     Book on CD     eBook (Download Destination)

The 2013 5H Community Read Book Announced

2013 5H Community Read | A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Book - A Walk in the Woods

by Bill Bryson

“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”

So begins Bill Bryson’s hilarious book A Walk in the Woods.  Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The AT, as it’s affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes–and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start, there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail.  Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it’s not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson’s car.  Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them.

But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike.  Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness.  An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

by Bill Bryson

 

 

 

 

 

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