Guest Blogger, Programming Ideas

Developing a Family Hiking Program

Right before I attended ALA11 this year as a vendor, new childhood obesity statistics were reported.  According to Medic On Web, “The obesity rates for children between the age of 2 to 5 years and adolescents between 12 to 19 years has doubled in the last three decades.”  The solutions to this epidemic included not only diet modifications, but also increased activity levels. At ALA11 I displayed some hiking books from our FalconGuides line, which are outdoor guides that give hiking, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking information, along with these statistics.  Due to the wonderful response from librarians and teachers, I decided to write a very basic FalconGuides hiking program libraries could offer to patrons or students. I visited the Fairfield Woods Library in Fairfield, Connecticut and spoke with Nancy Coriaty, Deputy Town Librarian.  She told me that Fairfield Woods Library is branding itself with sustainable, whole, green, and healthy…