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NCompass Live: Hastings StoryWalk: Walk, Read, Explore

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The StoryWalk® Project combines family fun, exercise, and literacy into one great community activity. The concept involves posting pages of a book at certain intervals along a walking path. Librarian …

The StoryWalk® Project combines family fun, exercise, and literacy into one great community activity. The concept involves posting pages of a book at certain intervals along a walking path. Librarian Jake Rundle will present lessons learned by the Hastings Public Library, especially in preparing materials for Nebraska wind and weather, and participant comments.
NCompass Live - May 8, 2013.
http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/

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  • The idea came to us as a collaboration with Prairie Loft Outdoor Agricultural center just outside of town.Each year in April, we celebrate “planting” season and have a springfest activity for families at Prairie LoftThe first storywalks were part of Springfest and they were very “experimental.” We did two separate books and two separate paths, and we learned A LOT that would be useful for the future collaboration.
  • First experiment I would suggest be in a downtown or business area…not with posts. Or at least a “short” book As you can see…it’s a lot of work to build an actual storywalk so be prepared!
  • Several organizations worked together to make this happenNeeded help of Parks, Visitor Services, Kiwanis and Friends of HPL for fundingDowntown Center Association involved in downtown storywalkSeven locations posted in town, 6 outside and the 7th downtownWe divided up the work of deconstructing the books and mounting and had P&R set the posts.
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    • 1. Hastings Public Library, Hastings, NEAmy Greenland, DirectorJake Rundle, Collections Librarian
    • 2. THE INSPIRATION The StoryWalk® Project was created by AnneFerguson of Montpelier, VT and developed incollaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & PedestrianCoalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.Vtbikeped.org
    • 3. GOALS OF THE PROJECT Combine family fitnessand literacy Encourage readingtogether Get families out in areaparks and trailsVtbikeped.org
    • 4. HOW THE IDEA CAME TO NEBRASKA
    • 5. HOW THE IDEA CAME TO NEBRASKA
    • 6. HOW IT WORKED IN HASTINGS, NE
    • 7. HOW IT WORKED IN HASTINGS, NE
    • 8. HOW IT WORKED IN HASTINGS, NE
    • 9. WHAT WE LEARNED It truly takes a village It’s more time consumingthan it looks Picking the right bookmakes all the difference Use protected areas Plan for ongoingmaintenance It’s incredibly rewarding!!
    • 10. DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OPTIONSeosun.com
    • 11. INCORPORATING FITNESSStoryWalk Project Portland on Flikr
    • 12. CONSIDER OTHER LOCATIONSblogs.riverdale.edu/learn365/
    • 13. GRAND ASPIRATIONSGlenviewparks.orgStoryWalk Project Portland
    • 14. SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS Find passionate volunteers Involve the businesscommunity Plan fewer locations, andmore books Hire an awesome tourguide!
    • 15. OTHER OUTSIDE ADVENTURES Pub Quiz Library to Go (Mary LanningMemorial Healthcare) Caregiver’s Day Out Healthy Kids Day National Night Out Late Night Book Club
    • 16. CONTACT USHastings Public Library, Hastings Nebraska Amy Greenland agreenland@hastings.lib.ne.us Jake Rundle jrundle@hastings.lib.ne.us Thank you for attending!

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