LACONIA — Bear Wants More is a children's story now appearing as a Story Trail along the WOW Trail between Messer Street and Lakeport. The story was unveiled on Saturday May 16, in conjunction with the Gale to Goss Annual Library Community Walk.
This project for the community was created by Altrusa International of Laconia as a literacy venture to encourage people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying children's books. The undertaking was funded entirely by Altrusa of Laconia after gaining permission and support from the WOW Trail Board and the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department. The site was chosen because it is free, open to the public, handicapped accessible and runs for just over 1/2 mile. Without traffic concerns walkers, bicyclists and children running or in carriages can enjoy the story along the path. Bear Wants More was chosen for its colorful illustrations and message of cooperation among members of the animal world. The book was written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman, originally published in 2003.
Founded in 1917, Altrusa International is relevant to many civic-minded people who are interested in creating better communities. Last year, Altrusans proudly gave over a million volunteer hours around the world. Several decades ago, Altrusa decided to institute literacy as an area of focus for the organization. The Altrusa story is evolving every day through club accomplishments. When you visit any Altrusa club, you will see leadership, partnership and service in action. For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, visit www.altrusalaconia.com
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