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Miniature horses promote reading, city parks

With their noses – long equine noses – in the books, Bucky and Bonnie set an example for children this week by promoting reading, the library and the parks.

Bucky and Bonnie visited several Franklin parks in the latter part of April, leaving clues for their location each day. If found, citizens were encouraged to take a picture with the miniature horses, or their replicas, for entry in a contest to win various prizes, including high-tech gadgets including a Kindle and tickets to community equine events.

The literary equine duo has been spotted around Franklin reading at the various parks, and even getting their own library cards and checking out books at the library.

“Their favorite books are ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘All Creatures Great and Small,’ said Dr. Monty McInturff, who is a spokesperson for the horses as well as owner of the Tennessee Equine Hospital and chairperson of the Friends of Franklin Parks.

Bucky and Bonnie’s reading campaign began as a Leadership Franklin project organized by a group from the class of 2013 including Dolores Greenwald, Bethany Lay, Tom Lawrence, Monique McCullough and McInturff. Leadership Franklin in conjunction Friends of Franklin Parks and the Williamson County Public Library are partnering for the campaign that is in support of National Library Week.

“We wanted to come up with a fun way to promote not only the library but also our beautiful parks system,” McInturff said. “What’s more fun than a scavenger hunt to find two miniature horses?”

“Also, some people might not know that there are 16 city parks in Franklin,” he said.

Anyone without a library card was encouraged to obtain one during the week at the library.

“Libraries are more than repositories for books and other resources,” said Dolores Greenwald, director of the Williamson County Public Library. “Libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community. We like to think of the library as trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.”

The reading campaign to win prizes runs through April 27. Photos can be e-mailed to or dropped off at the main library located at 1314 Columbia Avenue. The deadline for entry is April 30. Applicants can enter the contest more than once but limit submissions to one per day. Prize-winners will be announced at the library May 1. Kindle readers, tickets to the Franklin Rodeo, Iroquois Steeplechase and Tennessee Equine Grand Prix will be up for grabs. More information is available at

Can you find Bucky and Bonnie?

Clue for April 25
For Bucky and Bonnie, it is all about family at this favorite park known as the birthplace of the walking horse. The two-legged and four-legged meet here to run.

Clue for Friday, April 26
Golf balls and bullets alike are found here. More than 1,000 soldiers lost in the Battle of Franklin. They sleep their final sleep nearby.

Clue for Saturday, April 27
Retreat from the hustle and bustle of Cool Springs to walk amid the hideaway grove at this park.

Posted on: 4/24/2013


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