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LIBRARIES OFFER FREE HUG-A-TREE PROGRAM FOR KIDS

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City libraries are offering a program in June designed to teach 5 to 12-year-olds and their parents how to avoid getting lost in the woods and how to survive and be found if they do.

The Hug-A-Tree Family Survival Program emphasizes the primary survival technique of hugging a tree. A tree becomes a "friend" to a child and gives comfort, reducing panic and encouraging the child to stay in one place to assist search and rescue efforts.Abe Taylor, a retired border patrol agent and tracker, and writer/photographer Tom Jacobs developed the Hug-A-Tree program. They hope that lost children who see the presentation will know people are searching, how they are searching, how to be spotted and how to take care of themselves until help arrives.

The free program consists of a 30-minute slide presentation followed by a discussion of elementary survival techniques, along with tips for parents. The following is a schedule of times and locations: June 20: Avenues Library, 455 F Street, 10:30 a.m.; Main City Library, 209 E. Fifth South, 2 and 7 p.m.; June 22: Rose Park Library, 1185 W. 10th North, 2 p.m.; June 23: Chapman Library, 577 S. Ninth West, 10:30 a.m.; June 27: Sprague Library, 2131 S. 11th East, 7 p.m.; June 29: Anderson/Foothill Library, 1135 S. 21st East, 2 p.m.