Author and Illustrator Talk: Karen Zimmermann “Nightwalk” on Thurs., March 8

Illustrator and author Karen Zimmermann invites readers to use all their senses to explore the world around them both during the day and at night. In her new book, “Nightwalk: Using All your Senses to Explore the Natural World,” Zimmermann highlights how animals have adapted and senses beyond just sight to do things like forage for food and define their territory, how to explore the natural world and a field guide to strengthen your senses.  Join Zimmermann at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

In the “Nightwalk,” Zimmermann celebrates the senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell and offers activities that can help sharpen each one, because as humans, we usually rely on vision most of the time. The field guide focuses on how to strengthen and use each sense. One activity includes filling jars with different items and identifying each of the items by smell. Another involves identifying which jars contain certain materials by judging the sounds they make when shaken. After focusing on the senses, she shifts her focus on night vision and how to use all the senses together to explore. Zimmermann also highlights the way different senses can be used in all four seasons, like listening to peepers in the spring or touching milkweed pods in the fall.

Zimmermann owns Z Studio, a graphic design, advertising and web development studio in Bar Harbor. She lives with her husband in Otter Creek. For more information on the book visit and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or