The sight of melting snow, budding trees and blooming flowers are all signs that spring is here, and the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) has one more hallmark to add to the mix! For the second year in a row, MCPL will offer Trail Tales, an interactive outdoor reading experience that families can enjoy together as the temperatures get warmer and folks head outdoors.
From April 22 through May 20, kids and families will have the opportunity to walk along the scenic River Edge Trail in downtown Wausau and read the pages of two children’s books that will be posted along the way. The trail will run north-to-south from Kickbusch Plaza (which begins behind MCPL’s Wausau Headquarters) to the River Life pedestrian bridge, near Wausau on Water (WOW) restaurant. Metered parking is available adjacent to Kickbusch Plaza between the hours 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking is free in the lot after 6 p.m. on week days and free on weekends. Free parking is also available at WOW.
Books that will be posted along the trail are I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty, about a frog who learns self-acceptance and that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages; and Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan, about a frog who attempts to catch a fly without getting caught itself. Families can access both books any time, rain or shine!
Trail Tales is a collaboration between MCPL and the Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department in an effort to promote literacy, the outdoors and being active. With so many electronic and “indoor” temptations like video games, tablets and smartphones, this is a great way to get families outside and get them reading, thinking about and discussing books!
For more information, call the MCPL Wausau children’s desk at 715-261-7220.
image credit: Ben K./MCPL