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What is a StoryWalk?

A StoryWalk transforms the pages of a children's book into signs that are laid out on a trail. Following the path of pages is a great way to keep your body and brain active and healthy!

The StoryWalk Project began in Vermont as temporary installations of laminated book pages. Temporary and permanent installations can now be found at museums, libraries, and parks across the country. Deerfield Township has adapted the original project to create a semi-permanent installation at Carter Park.

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.

Community Feedback

StoryWalk Survey (closes June 30, 2017)

Help us measure the community's awareness and usage of the Carter Park StoryWalk with this 3 minute survey. Awareness of amenities greatly impacts usage so even if you've never heard of a StoryWalk before, your feedback is important. Click here to take the survey now.

StoryWalk Book Vote (closes June 30, 2017)

We'll be releasing new books for 2017 for the Carter Park StoryWalk. Read the books together as a family or click on the links below to learn more about each book. Then, take our poll and tell us which one you'd like to see added!

Over in a River; Flowing Out to the Sea (Written By: Marianne Berkes, Illustrated by Jill Dubin)

In the Trees, Honey Bees (Written By: Lori Mortensen, Illustrated by Cris Arbo)

The Mouse and the Meadow (Written and Illustrated by Chad Wallace)

StoryWalk Location

The Carter Park StoryWalk is a semi-permanent installation. Permanent sign holders were installed along the paved pathway. The signs are interchangeable so that books may be rotated. The StoryWalk starts behind the Quilt Barn just as the paved path enters the woods and leads toward the pond. View a map of the StoryWalk.

During the summer of 2015, Deerfield Township's 6th - 8th grade Taking Action Summer Camp installed the StoryWalk at Carter Park. We appreciate the hard work of all the youth who participated! They marked the post locations, installed the posts and signs, painted animal tracks on the pathway, and wrote verbiage for the second StoryWalk signs. Please click here to view pictures of the project.

Duke Energy Powers Carter Park StoryWalk

A $4,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will boost the Carter Park StoryWalk library with a broader selection of books in 2017. Grant dollars will be used to purchase outdoor, weather resistant signs, with each sign being a “page” in a StoryWalk book. The expanded book selection will encourage family literacy and increase opportunities for the community to get active outdoors.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides targeted philanthropic support to the communities it serves. One of the critical focus areas for Duke Energy, K to Career, includes early childhood literacy. As one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, Duke Energy is also committed to environmental stewardship. The Carter Park StoryWalk aligns with these priorities through a targeted selection of books that reinforce environmental education concepts.

Thanks to the Duke Energy Foundation support, the community will enjoy five new books this year. New books are scheduled to be displayed starting in late summer.

StoryWalk Schedule

Please note that the schedule below is approximate. (Books are rotated at the end of the month / beginning of the following month, based on staff availability.)

Month     Book Title     Author     Illustrator     Publisher
May    

Around One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders, and Creepy Insiders

    Anthony D. Fredericks     Jennifer DiRubbio     Dawn Publications
June    

Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek

    Marianne Berkes     Jill Dubin     Dawn Publications
July     Pitter and Patter     Martha Sullivan     Cathy Morrison     Dawn Publications
August    

Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs, and Leaping Frogs

    Anthony D. Fredericks     Jennifer DiRubbio     Dawn Publications
September     Bob and Otto     Robert O. Bruel     Nick Bruel     Roaring Book Press
October     Bob and Otto     Robert O. Bruel     Nick Bruel     Roaring Book Press
November     Community Vote!     TBD     TBD     Dawn Publications

Thank You Book Publishers

We appreciate the support of Dawn Publications, who graciously provided permission for Deerfield to reproduce books for our StoryWalk. We love that most of the books published by Dawn Publications have extension activities for parents, teachers, or home school students. Check out the Dawn Publications Activities by Book for free downloadable activities.

We also want to thank Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Roaring Brook Press, the author, and the illustrator of Bob and Otto for allowing us to use their wonderful book in our StoryWalk. BOB AND OTTO © 2007 by Robert O. Bruel. Pictures © 2007 by Nick Bruel. Reprinted with permission of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership. All Rights Reserved.

Creating Your Own StoryWalk?

When planning our StoryWalk, we found it helpful to research what others have done. We developed a brief FAQ sheet of the most frequently asked questions in hopes that it may be useful for others planning a new StoryWalk. Please note that our StoryWalk is a long-term permanent installation that is designed to be used year-round.

StoryWalk FAQ Sheet

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie at sgebe@deerfieldtwp.com or 513.701.6977.

We wish you the best on your project!