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The 2013 Fox Cities Reads is underway! This year's author is Richard Louv, and two of his books, Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, have been selected for this year's Reads program. More information about the author, the books, and upcoming events is available at

Join us for some fun Reads events taking place at the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library during March and April 2013.


Tuesday, March 19th @ 6:30PM
Kimberly Public Library

High Cliff Naturalist, Cindy Mueller, will enthusiastically present tips and resources to get your kids interested and engaged in spending time outdoors. Adults, expect to practice play in this program! Cindy will also provide information about visiting Wisconsin State Parks.


Monday, March 25th @ 6:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Join our Evening Book Club for a discussion of Last Child in the Woods. Newcomers welcome!


Thursday, March 28th @ 10:15AM
Little Chute Public Library

High Cliff Naturalist, Cindy Mueller, will jumpstart spring and summer fun outdoors with a story, followed by hands on activities and a quickie craft! Children will learn how to open their eyes and ears to discover all the wonders that the outdoors has to offer. Cindy will also provide information about visiting Wisconsin State Parks.


Thursday, April 18th @ 1:00PM
Kimberly Public Library

Join our Afternoon Book Club for a discussion of Last Child in the Woods. Newcomers welcome!


Tuesday, April 23rd @ 1:00PM
Kimberly Public Library

Richard Louv will discuss his works. Books will be available for sale at the presentation.

About the Books

book coverLast Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.

Last Child in the Woods has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists. This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children.

book coverThe Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

The immediacy of Richard Louv's message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us.

Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is "about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world."

Richard Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.

Visit Fox Cities Reads for more information about the program, the author, the books, sponsors, and upcoming events at all of the partnering libraries.