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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.

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

For a current schedule, please visit DeerfieldRec.com.

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.

Dawn Publications Books

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.

For more information on the books, authors, and illustrators, please click the links below.

Book Title  Author  Illustrator

Around One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders, and Creepy Insiders

    Anthony D. Fredericks     Jennifer DiRubbio

Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek

    Marianne Berkes     Jill Dubin
Pitter and Patter     Martha Sullivan     Cathy Morrison

Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs, and Leaping Frogs

    Anthony D. Fredericks     Jennifer DiRubbio
 In the Trees, Honey Bees      Lori Mortensen      Cris Arbo
The Mouse and the Meadow     Chad Wallace     Chad Wallace

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Books

We 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.

For more information on the books, authors, and illustrators, please click the links below.

Book Title  Author  Illustrator
Bob and Otto     Robert O. Bruel     Nick Bruel

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!