Bridge Walk to support reading program 2012.08.29

Written by David Green.

Bring a book to the bridge!

Participants will walk and read across Michigan’s southernmost bridge this Labor Day during the 18th annual Silver Creek Bridge Walk in Morenci. The event starts at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, just south of the Silver Creek Bridge on East Street South. 

Proceeds raised from commemorative T-shirt sales and sponsorships will benefit Stair Public Library’s “Prime Time Family Reading Time” program so the emphasis at this year’s walk will be on books.

The oldest book, the biggest book, the smallest book, the thickest book, the most obtuse book, the funniest looking book, the prettiest book, the best book that mentions Morenci...you bring the book and Stair Public Library staff will award prizes to winners in a variety of categories.

Animal tails

“Animal Tales,” the theme for this year’s Prime Time book selections, sparked an idea for another activity at the Bridge Walk. 

“All the books have something to do with animals,” said library director Colleen Leddy, “so I thought it would be fun for everyone to dress up as an animal with a tail.”

It’s not necessary to dress up or to bring a book to participate, but those who do will lead the walk across the bridge, says Leddy, and everyone who crosses the bridge will receive a commemorative certificate noting their accomplishment.

Shirts

The 18th Annual Labor Day Silver Creek Bridge Walk shirts cost $10 for youth sizes to XL. Size 2X costs $11.

The sapphire blue (with lime green ink) commemorative T-shirts can be purchased in advance at United Bank & Trust, First Federal Bank, Johnson’s Hardware and at Stair Public Library during open hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts will also be sold at the Bridge Walk.

The event is sponsored by the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce.

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