McMillan Outdoor Book Club

McMillan Memorial Library Garden

Join us outside for a book discussion in the McMillan Library Garden on Tuesday June 1st @ 11am. We will be discussing Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail by Melanie McManus.


The book details McManus's account of hiking 1,100 miles around Wisconsin (in 36 days), landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as the Thousand-Milers. Woven throughout her account are details of the history of the still-developing Ice Age Trail—one of just eleven National Scenic Trails—and helpful insight and strategies for undertaking a successful thru-hike. In addition to chronicling McManus’s hike, Thousand-Miler also includes the little-told story of the Ice Age Trail’s first-ever thru-hiker Jim Staudacher, an account of the record-breaking thru-run of ultrarunner Jason Dorgan, the experiences of a young combat veteran who embarked on her thru-hike as a way to ease back into civilian life, and other fascinating tales from the trail. Their collective experiences shed light on the motivations of thru-hikers and the different ways hikers accomplish this impressive feat, providing an entertaining and informative read for outdoors enthusiasts of all levels.


Please dress accordingly and feel free to BYO lawn chair and non-alcoholic beverage.


The rain date will be via Zoom chatroom on Tuesday, June 1st @ 7pm. This will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. 

Books and audiobooks are available at the Service desk starting on Tuesday, May 4th.


Not the book for you? We'd still love to see you! You may still join the in person group or the zoom discussion to chat about your current reads or suggestions for upcoming reads!

Allie Coleman