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Self-guided story walks  at Crotched Mountain

Children and their families are invited to take two self-guided Story Walks on the accessible trails at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center.

The featured book on the Gregg trail is “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert and the featured book on the Dutton Brook trail is “Ant and Grasshopper” by Luli Gray and Giuliano Ferri. Families can read each story page-by-page on signs posted along the trail system. There are codes on each sign for smart phone users to scan and have the story read aloud to them.

Families in the region are already enjoying the stories. “My 5-year-old and I went hiking on one of your trails and were pleasantly surprised to get to read a book along the way,” said Tracy Shea of Antrim. “What a great idea to read a book while hiking! He is in the summer reading program in our town. We will be heading back soon to hike the other trail and read the other book!”

The Story Walk, developed by Crotched Mountain School’s Fun Committee, was inspired by “Dig into Reading,” this summer’s national Collaborative Summer Library Program followed by many libraries across the region, including the Media Center at Crotched Mountain School. The committee chose these books for their focus on digging and nature.

“We hope that these stories and the experience of walking our accessible trails bring nature to life for children throughout the Monadnock region,” said Anita Martus, special education teacher at Crotched Mountain School.

The Story Walk books will be on the trails through Aug. 2. For directions to the accessible trails, a trail map and information on how to prepare for a hike on the accessible trails, see www.cmf.org/trails.

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