FAIRBURY – A new Story Walk in the City Park was introduced to the community of Fairbury on Thursday. Second graders from Fairbury’s Central School visited that morning to walk through the new StoryWalk and read the story “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.
The StoryWalk was a project of JeffCo on the Move initiated by Fairbury Public Library Director Debbie Aden. The walk involves a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. The signs are spread through the park allowing readers to follow along with a story by walking.
“We see this as a great way for families with children to encourage both activity and reading,” Aden said.
Books will be changed out frequently to encourage children and families to come back regularly.
This is just one project of JeffCo On the Move, a coalition which began nearly two years ago as a part of a Walk-Bike Summit in Fairbury. JeffCo on the Move partners include the City of Fairbury, Fairbury Public Library, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury Public Schools and Public Health Solutions.
The coalition is also working on possible extension of city trails, events to encourage kids to be active, Safe Routes to School, and a historic trail walk.