Some things just go together. A needle and thread, peanut butter and jelly and hugs and kisses. The Wilberg Memorial Public Library of Osceola has made it possible to add walking and reading to that list through a new project located on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (SSLST).
Cards have been placed along the SSLST for walkers so trail enthusiasts can read a story while they exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Rebekah Palmer, Osceola library Youth Services librarian, saw a storywalk done at Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes, Minnesota and thought that would be a great thing to do in in this area. It seemed like a fun way to combine the outdoors and literacy in this time of social distancing.
Anne Miller, Osceola library Circulation Manager, is on the board of the Friends of the SSLST. She discussed the possibility of the Stower Trail hosting a storywalk with the rest of the SSLST board and they agreed.
Palmer and Miller first put the Storywalk out Friday, April 29, starting at the Nye trail parking area. Next, it was moved to the Wanderoos segment of the trail May 2, and finally into Amery on May 6 where it remained through the weekend.
“We have received great feedback from surrounding communities and will gladly continue this service to support social distancing and spending time outdoors,” said Shelby Friendshuh, Library Director.
Two more books are currently being made into Storywalks, which will be set up in various locations on the SSLST over the next two months. Watch the Wilberg Memorial Public Library of Osceola’s Facebook page for notifications of when and where the storywalk can be found.