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Williamstown library sponsors ‘Storywalk’

Signs with pages to read from the book for the month of September are spread out numerically through Fenton Park in Williamstown. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown Public Library has created a “Storywalk” area at Fenton Park to inspire children to read more often.

The project was installed over Labor Day weekend after Nancy Morehead, the librarian at the public library, was granted permission by city council at its first meeting in September, according to Morehead.

“The two library branches in Parkersburg already had this idea going, so I spoke with Councilmember Barbara Lewis in the middle of August and she agreed that Fenton Park was a good location,” Morehead said.

The StoryWalk Project is a nationwide initiative that was started by Grace Greene and Anne Ferguson. Both women were librarians in Vermont who worked with their Department of Parks and Recreation to bring the interactive engagement to life, according to Morehead.

StoryWalk is paid for through Morehead’s budget at the library and is at no cost to the city. Interactive book pages are looped around Fenton Park on signs so children and their families can walk and read.

The current book on display for September is “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson. The book is designed to teach younger children about how trees change through the different seasons.

“I plan to put up a new book in the months of October and November to keep the kids excited, but I am not sure about the winter months and it may just resume in the spring after November,” she said.

Morehead hopes this will be an activity that encourages kids to spend time with their families and come to the library to check out more books and develop positive reading habits.

“I have had a lot of people come into the library to comment on the project or message us on Facebook so it seems to have positive reception and the kids seem to be enjoying it,” Morehead said.

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