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Books and Benches

Books & Benches - Summer 2023 Schedule

Free and open to the public.

Gather at the art benches, listen to stories, participate in art & nature activities with National Park Service Rangers and take home free gently used and new books!

Somerset Bench Trail

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 @ 10–11:30 a.m.

Larry Forrest Memorial Park – Somerset, Wisconsin
In partnership with Somerset Public Library
(In case of rain, event will move to Library)

Bench Project Prescott 004

Friday, June 23, 2023 @ 10:30 a.m.

Freedom Park – Prescott, Wisconsin
– in partnership with Prescott Public Library

Osceola bench 620x400 c

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 @ 10:30 a.m.

Mill Pond Park – Osceola, Wisconsin
– in partnership with Osceola Public Library
(in case of rain, event will move to Library)

Books & Benches is a project of the Somerset Elementary Family Book Drive in partnership with the Phipps and local libraries to increase summer reading and expose families to community art in the St. Croix River Valley. Special thanks to W.H.O. Books for its donation of new books to give out free to participants. W.H.O. Book’s mission is to spread social awareness of diversity, equity, and acceptance. To learn more, go to

The Art Bench Trail is a program of the Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI in partnership with the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the National Park Service.

Questions? Contact Erin at or the Phipps at