Bernheim Forest to celebrate week devoted to children's books in May

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By The Staff

CLERMONT - Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum celebrates National Children’s Book Week (May 10-14) with an expansion of titles and the inclusion of some rare books in the Visitor Center Nature Shop.

Books target children up to nine years old and this expansion makes Bernheim’s Nature Shop one of the region’slargest sellers of children’sstorybooks, nature study and environmental stewardship titles.

The list includes publisher “Barefoot Books”, making the Bernheim Nature Shop the third place in the nation where these books can be purchased in person.

From Saturday, May 8 through Sunday, May 16, there will be dailystory time book readings at 11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.; free book marks; suggested reading listsandup to 50 percent off the published prices of selected titles while supplies last

On Sunday, May 16 ,from 2-3 p.m., popular children’s author Leigh Anne Florenceand her wiener dogs Woodyand Chloevisit Bernheim in support of National Children’s Book Week.

Florence and Woody will hold an informal gathering to talk about the latest book in the Woody Series, Dog Gone Wild.

In this adventure, it’s Woody’s first camping trip. Young readers can follow the pup every step of the way from packing a back pack and mapping the course to surviving in the wilderness.

This event is free, but visitors are asked to register in advance by contacting Bernheim at (502) 955-8512.

Dog Gone Wild is currently available at Bernheim, and Woody will be glad to “pawtograph” a copy on Sunday the May 16.

Woody and his sister Chloe spend their time traveling all over the state visiting schools, libraries, and other venues like Bernheim’s new Nature Bookshop, inspiring children with Woody’sFive Ways to Be Successful.

Woody is scheduled to bring this program to Bernheim in the fall.

Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence is a native of Murray, a former teacher now settled in Shepherdsville with husband Ron.

The next installment of the Woody series is slated to appear in The Pioneer News this fall.

Questions regarding Bernheim’s new children’s nature books and events of the week can be directed to Joe Yurt, (502) 955-8512 x251.

Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until sunset, except December 25 and January 1. Admission to the park is always free for members andfree for allevery weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public. Schools and tour groups are welcome, please call in advance for fees and scheduling. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaac’s Caf is located in the Visitor Center with refreshments.

From I-65, take exit 112 and follow the signs. The entrance is approximately one mile from the interstate. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support.