Jackson District Library staff began working with a number of community partners in 2021 to install StoryWalks throughout Jackson County.
With the help of grants, donors, and in-kind contributions, StoryWalks have been or are in the process of being installed at four locations to date: Grass Lake High School, Hanover-Horton Elementary School, the Dahlem Center, and the Jackson School of the Arts.
A StoryWalk® is a movement and literacy-boosting project that places an illustrated children’s book, taken apart and displayed spread-by-spread, along a walking route. Books are updated periodically at each location, and often are selected to highlight a topical event from that community such as a program, a season, or a holiday.
A map of all StoryWalk® locations as well as FAQs is included below.
The original goal for The StoryWalk Project was to have stories placed outside in nature. Public walking trails are a natural place to start, but the project has expanded to include city settings such as inside the Jackson School of the Arts.
StoryWalks range from yard sign applications to more permanent sign posts. JDL has installed corrugated yard signs as StoryWalks in the past, however with this project, staff wanted to do something more permanent and durable.
Whenever a new book is selected, we go through the proper channels to make sure we're following copyright law and procedure.
Staff works with community partners who are either hosting the StoryWalk or are organizes an event around the StoryWalk to select titles that promote and highlight what makes that community special.
THANK YOU TO OUR STORYWALK DONORS
Jackson Community Foundation
The Dahlem Center
Kiwanis Club of Jackson
Jackson School of the Arts
Grass Lake Community Schools
5 Healthy Towns Grass Lake
Great Lake Yurt Company
Copper Nail Grant
County National Bank
Lomar Machine & Tool Company
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.