One Book, One Community

Livingston Reads is a “One Book, One Community” project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney), and is a program to encourage residents to read for pleasure, to create community through reading, and to promote the exploration of ideas, knowledge and a love of Michigan!

Livingston Reads hopes to present the Livingston County libraries as centers for culture, entertainment and enlightenment, and to position our libraries as leaders in promoting the joy of reading.

2019 Selection

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America – majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in)

Participating Libraries

Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive
Brighton, MI 48116

Hartland’s Cromaine Library
3688 N. Hartland Road
Hartland, MI 48353

Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill Street
Fowlerville, MI 48836

Hamburg Township Library
10411 Merrill Road
Hamburg, MI 48139

Howell Carnegie District Library
314 W. Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843

Pinckney Community Public Library
125 Putnam Street
Pinckney, MI 48169

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Want to take a hike?

Have a yen for hitting the trail? Whether for adventure, health, or the opportunity to get out into nature, you can enjoy the benefits of hiking, discover new trails, and increase your hiking knowledge with the help of these great online resources:

AllTrails is one of the largest online crowdsourced trail databases with more than 60,000 trail maps, both for the United States and internationally. Hikers can filter trails by difficulty (easy, hard, medium), length, route type, elevation gain, and other criteria (e.g., dog-friendly, trail traffic). Users must create a free account to access all trail guides, and a mobile app for recording trail routes in real-time is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Several features, including offline access to maps and certain overlays, are only available to AllTrails Pro subscribed members.
Hiking Project is a crowdsourced trail guide sponsored by REI Co-op. Hikers can search and browse nearly 50,000 outdoor trails, filtering by region, miles, difficulty, and user reviews. This database has a stronger emphasis on U.S. trails, but some international trails are also included. A mobile app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and users can download GPX trail files to track their routes when they are without cell phone service. Hiking Project does not charge fees for any of its services, though users will need to create a free account to access some features, such as downloading map files and uploading trail reports. The website’s FAQ section includes helpful information on navigating this resource, with a detailed description on the rating system trail difficulty.
On the Outdoor Project website, hikers can search for and browse nearly 8,000 field guides detailing a variety of U.S. outdoor adventures, including hiking trails. Users can browse adventures by state, region, and activity type and then access a detailed guide that includes information on distance, elevation gain, trail type, and hike description. A downloadable field guide is available with a free Outdoor Project account.

For more hiking info, check out this great article, Go Take a Hike: Online Hiking Resources by April J. Schweikhard from College & Research Libraries (from which the information above came).