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7-year-old AT hiker to speak at Blue Hill library summer reading program kickoff

BLUE HILL, Maine — Imagine a 7-year-old child asking to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, and then imagine his parents say, okay. In “A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness,” former New York Times “Outdoors” columnist, Paul Molyneaux, shares a 2,000 mile, seven-month trek with his son Asher, who turned 8 on the trail, experienced bears, rattlesnakes, and bull moose up close, and became the youngest Mainer to thru-hike the AT.

The two will talk about their hike along with a slide presentation as an inspiring “kick-off” for the Blue Hill Library Summer Reading Program on Saturday June 22nd at 10:30 AM. During the presentation, Asher and Paul will describe the highlights of their experiences, hiking the trail, writing and illustrating the book, and bringing the lessons of the trail back to their daily lives. There will be a Q & A following this presentation. All ages are welcome, not just families with kids participating in the summer reading program.

This year’s summer reading program theme is “Dig Into Reading.” Kids record the books they read during the program, receive rewards and celebrate their accomplishments with a party at the end of the program in August. Kids can sign up for the program by stopping by the library any time after the kick-off event. In addition to reading, kids can attend the many programs that are planned for the summer. Check the Library’s events calendar for the details at

Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515. The program is free of charge thanks to the Friends of The Library.