Trail and a tale: Bookworm Walk returns

Owen Saugen points to a page in the book "Honk, Honk, Goose!" on display along the Zumbro River in downtown Rochester on Monday. The display is part of the second year of the Bookworm Walk put on by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and the Rochester Public Library.
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The Rochester Downtown Alliance kicked off this year’s Bookworm Walk on Monday with a scavenger hunt and stroll along the Zumbro River.

The Bookworm Walk features the pages of a children’s book, set in flower planters, displayed along the riverwalk from the Rochester Public Library.

"It’s a good way to get families out and to see another part of downtown," said Kari McElroy, Rochester Downtown Alliance program manager.

The alliance partnered with the Rochester Public Library to create the display. They plan to feature four different books through Aug. 31.

Dozens of families attended the kickoff event and nature scavenger hunt outside the library Monday morning. Adults led children from page one of "Honk, Honk, Goose!" outside the library to the end, page 17, at the waterfall.


Mandi Saugen brought her son, Owen Saugen, 3, to peruse the book along the river. Saugen said the walk was a different way to experience reading a book.

"It’s a good way to be outside; we get to experience the trail," Saugen said.

As part of the kickoff event, families were encouraged to participate in a nature scavenger hunt and pick out plants and animals they spot along the river.

This is the second year of the Bookworm Walk. The other upcoming stories this season are, "We’re Going on a Bear Hunt," "The Tale of Pale Male" and "I’m a Shark."

Families gather outside the Rochester Public Library May 21 for the start of the annual Bookworm Walk, organized by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Rochester Public Library.

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