Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Literary Expeditions

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Literary Expeditions

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Park and recreation agencies across the country are working hard to change the face of senior programming, creating new activities and breathing life into the old. The hopeful result is senior programming that is fun and exciting, like the Adult Read and Go Program offered by the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

Launched in 2009, Read and Go combines reading and travel to create a unique book club experience for older Raleigh residents. Each month, participants alternate between reading books and traveling to the places that they just read about. The books0--all either set in North Carolina or written by someone from the state--are selected from a list compiled by a local, independently owned book store, Quail Ridge Books. "We reached out to [the bookstore] and ran the idea by them as a way to work together," says Carmen Rayfield, Adult Program Manager for Raleigh Parks and Recreation. "Our staff would read over the list and the short descriptions of the books and come up with a list that would reach all types of readers. …

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