With summer just around the corner it’s time to announce Newport Public Library’s 2017 “Trail Tales”. The basic “Trail Tale” concept blends family engagement in the outdoors with physical activity and reading a fun children’s picture book with appeal for all ages. After purchasing the books, one for each month of the summer, we have each page laminated to hold up in the weather then attach the pages to wooden stakes and place each stake a reasonable distance from the one before it. We have selected books where the action takes place primarily in the outdoors. And, we look for books with relatable characters and a positive message. This is part of the library Youth Services Department’s goal to bring the books to the people. Based on our success in 2016 (over 500 visitors!) we are planning to post four different books in three different locations on a rotating basis.
We will use the City of Newport’s “Ocean to Bay Trail”, the library property and a new site at South Beach State Park on the Jetty Trail starting at the Day Use Area near the campground. This year we have selected the following children’s picture book titles, “Finding Wild”, “Waiting for the Biblioburro”, “If You Plant a Seed” and “Who Will Plant a Tree”. Many thanks to the Newport Library Foundation and the South Beach State Park for funding this project! Through “Trail Tales” we hope to get folks up and out, enjoying a good read along the way. We also want people to realize the library is not just a building, but a community of readers, and our outreach programs are dynamic and inclusive.
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