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Books & Benches - Summer 2024 Schedule

Free and open to the public.

Celebrate art, nature and reading this summer! 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! Free and open to the public.

Somerset Bench Trail

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:00 a.m.

Larry Forrest Memorial Park – Somerset, Wisconsin
In partnership with Somerset Public Library
Raindate: June 19, 10:00 a.m.

Girl scouts Croixdale

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:00 a.m.

Croixdale Senior Living – Bayport, Minnesota
– in partnership with Bayport Library
Rain location: inside Bayport Library

Osceola bench 620x400 c

Wednesday, June 26 @ 10:30 a.m.

Mill Pond Park – Osceola, Wisconsin
– in partnership with Osceola Library
Rain location: inside Osceola Library

Bench Project Prescott 004

Friday, June 28 @ 10:30 a.m.

Freedom Park – Prescott, Wisconsin
– in partnership with Prescott Public Library
Rain location: inside Great River Road Visitor Center

Books & Benches is a project of the Somerset Elementary Family Book Drive in partnership with the Phipps Center for the Arts and local libraries to increase summer reading and promote community art in the St. Croix Valley. Special thanks to W.H.O. Books, with their mission to spread social awareness of diversity, equity, and acceptance, for donating new books to give away free. 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 Lee Ann at


June 18 - June 28, 2024

Tue 18

10:00 AM

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Tue 25

10:00 AM

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Wed 26

10:30 AM

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Fri 28

10:30 AM

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