Washington celebrates new StoryWalk
Gunn Memorial Junior Library of Washington recently hosted a woodworking project to create a StoryWalk.
A collaboration between the library, Steep Rock Association and Washington Supply, it is part of the library’s ongoing effort to support the interests of local businesses and organizations with the library patrons.
StoryWalk is the creation of Anne Ferguson and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library from Montpelier, Vt.
It is described as “an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden posts which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.”
Steep Rock Association and the library discussed the concept and approached Washington Supply, which donated the material, cut everything to size and donated 24 coloring books featuring the story of lumber.
The library purchased “Over in the Forest, Come and Take a Peek” by Marianne Berkes for the first StoryWalk.
The library hosted an evening program with Rory Larson, the land manager from Steep Rock Association, in which the children sanded and assembled the display boards, laid out the laminated pages in proper order, covered the boards with Plexiglas, and finished by screwing together all the pieces by hand.
Rory will install the posts and display boards along a half mile trail section in the Macricostas Preserve off Route 202 in New Preston.
The public is invited to stop by any time to visit this local jewel and check out the trail and read the story.
A new story is planned to be displayed seasonally.
Other donations came from Lori Paradis Brant, SRA director, and land manager Rory Larson.