Save the Date:

Sept. 17 - Walking with Thoreau at 7:00 pm in the library community room

Sept. 18 - Main Street Walk (start at library)

Sept. 25 - A Walk Through History at Fort Ligonier (start at library) - Preregistration is required, stop by or call the library.

Oct. 30 - In The Footsteps Of Thoreau: Nature Walking

Forms. Logs and more:

Individual Membership Form - Fill-able PDF

Team Membership Form - Fill-able PDF

Weekly Log - PDF

Weekly Log - Fill-able PDF

Turn your smartphone into a pedometer! Check your app store today.

Free Pedometer App from BIDMD

RunKeeper and MapMyWalk are excellent apps and websites. Download the app, and turn on your phone's GPS to literally map your walk.

Suggested Reads 9/11/2014 - PDF

Let's Book Partners

It take a team to make a program work and ours includes:










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Join us on Thursday, September 4, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Ligonier Valley Library for the launch of our newest program, "Let's Book!" Membership forms are now available at the library and also online - Individual Membership Form and Team Membership Form, fill them in and print them, then either drop them off at the library or mail them to us.

When summer ends many people tend to use their reading glasses more than their walking shoes. This fall, we challenge you to change that by joining us for a 10-week walking and reading program. Join as an individual or take the team challenge!

Exercise for the brain and the body

"Let's Book" is about encouraging participants to read and to walk every day for optimal health of the mind and the body! Participants can set their own goals and walk at their own pace.

Weekly Walks - Group walks will be held every Thursday morning beginning on September 11 and continuing through November 13. Each walk will be approximately one hour in length. Participants can walk at their own pace, and are not required to complete the entire one-hour walk. The group will meet back at the library (or other designated location) for water and a snack.

Participation in the group walk is not mandatory to be a member!
Are you already part of a walking club? Then keep reading....

Team Challenge - If you are already part of an established walking group, you can register your group as a team! A special award will be given to the team with the highest number of reading and walking minutes.

Log it! - Everyone is encouraged to keep a log of the number of minutes they spend reading and walking each day. The weekly goal is to walk and read at least 100 minutes each with the added bonus of earning a ticket to use for raffle prizes (see Goals & Incentives for more information).

We've created a log to help you track your minutes. Copies are available online and at the library. Paper copies of the log will also be available at the Ligonier Valley YMCA and Graceful Aging Wellness Center.

Fill in your daily minutes, and then drop off the log at the Ligonier Valley Library. There is also an optional field for tracking your miles/steps for those individuals who want to know how far they traveled.

A fill-able version of the log is also available to download and save to your computer. Fill in your minutes, and then attach your log to an email and send it to or print and drop it off at the circulation desk.

Goals & Incentives - The program goal is to read and walk at least 100 minutes per week through the 10-week program. You can easily reach this goal by taking seven 15 minute walks or five 20 minute walks or two one hour walks each week. Your reading minutes will add up quickly by spending 15 minutes each morning reading the newspaper with your morning coffee plus reading a few chapters of the latest bestseller during your lunch break or before bedtime. Listening to an audiobook while walking or driving also counts as reading time!

Every 100 minutes of reading time and every 100 minutes spent walking will earn a ticket that can be used for raffle prizes. You will earn a t-shirt by accumulating 1,000 walking minutes plus 1,000 reading minutes.

Registration begins the first week in September. An orientation meeting will be held on Thursday, September 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the library community room. Attending the orientation is encouraged, but not required to join. The only requirement to join is that you fill in a membership form and turn it in to the Ligonier Valley Library - then get walking!

Presentations & Programs - Several programs will be offered during the 10-week program. Some will be offered during the day and others in the evening.

Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm - Walking with Thoreau


"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields absolutely free from all worldly engagements." Henry David Thoreau

In his classic essay "Walking" and other works, Henry David Thoreau describes the act of walking as an uplifting art accessible to anyone with a spirit of adventure. In this talk, we will explore the ways in which Thoreau celebrates walking as an ideal method of communing with the wider world and as an essential complement to work, study, and contemplation.

Our featured speaker is Bryon Williams. He teaches American Literature at Duquesne University, where he is a doctoral candidates in the English Department. His research, writing and teaching focus is on the intersection of literature and the natural environment with a special concentration on the works of Henry David Thoreau.

This program is open to the general public, free of charge. You do not have to be a member of Let's Book to attend and no registration is required.