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MCPL launches environmental book club

Yosemite National Park scenery

May 28, 2013

The Marathon County Public Library is starting the Steep Trails Book Club, a literary discussion group focused on fiction and non-fiction about nature, conservation, science and outdoor adventures; pioneers like Leopold and Rachel Carson, possibly alongside writers including Edward Abbey, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder and Mary Roach. Anything is fair game, even children’s books.

Steep Trails – the name comes from a John Muir book – will hold its first meeting at 7:00 p.m. June 20 at MCPL Wausau, and meet the second Tuesday of each month after that. After the first month's selection, “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson, club members will decide which book, poems or stories to read, and the location of each meeting (think parks or trails – anywhere outside, at least for the next few months). Members can continue the discussions on our Goodreads page and post recommendations for future reads. Patrons at any of our eight branches are welcome to join the Wausau club or start their own, and should contact their local branch.

Registration is appreciated, but not required – you could just tell us if you plan to participate. For more information, call 715 261-7234 or email us.


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