The Natick Board of Selectmen have declared March as “Natick Reads Month,” a month-long town program aiming to encourage reading, promote literacy and build community.
This year, the Natick libraries have set a theme of enjoying the outdoors, and are encouraging residents to read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, which is a playful tale about adventure on the Appalachian Trail, according to library officials.
Both the Morse Institute and Bacon Free libraries will also hold various programs throughout the month geared towards appreciating nature and the outdoors. Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library, author Larry Anderson will deliver a slide presentation about the history of the Appalachian Trail, and will outline the biography of Benton MacKaye, a New England-based forester and conservationist who is credited with introducing the idea of trails.
On Monday at 7 p.m., Morse Institute will host an event discussing the importance of hiking, how to do it safely, and ways to engage children in nature. The event will be led by nature author Clare Walker Leslie and Joy Marzolf, who works at Massachusetts Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick.
For more information on upcoming events, contact the Morse Institute Library at 508-647-6520, or the Bacon Free Library at 508-653-6730.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org