On the trail of a good book

WORTON — StoryWalk is a literacy-boosting program that places an illustrated children’s book, taken apart and displayed page by page, along a walking route in a community. It promotes early literacy, physical activity and family time together in nature.

Created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, StoryWalks now exist across the United States and worldwide in about a dozen countries including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.

Now, there is a StoryWalk at Worton Park thanks to a partnership between Kent County Parks and Recreation and the Kent County Public Library.

As part of a presentation at the Kent County Commissioners meeting on May 7, parks and recreation Director Jill Coleman expressed her gratitude and admiration to Dave and Patti Eason of D&D Contracting, who donated 16 StoryWalk platforms that have been placed at the public park in Worton.

“Your commitment to promoting literacy and a love of reading through these StoryWalk platforms is a testament to your unwavering dedication to our community,” Coleman, reading from a script, told the Easons. “With each step taken on these platforms, a new world of imagination and wonder unfolds for children and families alike.”

Coleman added, “Your gift will not only enrich the lives of countless individuals, but will also create lasting memories and foster a sense of unity within our community. The impact of your donation will be felt for years to come as we watch children, parents and grandparents come together at Worton Park to enjoy the magic of reading a story in the great outdoors.”

She pointed to the Easons’ “selflessness and compassion,” and expressed her hope that others would follow their example of kindness and goodwill.

Coleman also thanked John Wirth, Mike Crites and Caleb Pritchett of D&D Contracting for their craftsmanship in creating the platforms.

Coleman said books mounted on the platforms would be rotated out every two months.

The first book, “The Story of a Book” written by Joy McCullough and illustrated by Devon Holzwarth, should be in place next week, Coleman told The Evening Enterprise.


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