StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.
-- The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Laminated pages from a children’s picture book are installed along Broadway Street. As you walk up Broadway from the library, you are directed to the next page in the story. There are 16 Storywalk stations that begin at the library, continue up Broadway to Main Street, cross Main and continue back down Broadway, with the story's ending at PNC Bank.
"I first heard about Storywalk from Debbie Saunders of the Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis and I thought "why can't we do that here in Jackson?" remarked Library Director Laura Thorne.
Storywalk was funded by a generous grant from General Mills, and the stations were constructed by Kyle Deels' Buckeye Hills class. Mayor Randy Heath and Street & Alley supervisor Roy Hatten were instrumental in having the stations installed.
"Mayor Heath has been a Storywalk supporter since I first mentioned the project to him two years ago. He has always been an advocate for the library and we appreciate him so much. Roy Hatten had the great idea of placing the stations on Broadway - none of this would have been possible without Roy and his crew. "
Jackson City Library Network administrator, Roger Donaldson, is credited with the original design of the Storywalk stations, and he and Trevin Wyant has been active in getting this project completed.
A final thank you goes out to the churches, businesses and others who agreed to host a Storywalk Station in front of their buildings.
The first story in the stations is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. The story will be changed every 6-8 weeks, depending on weather.