Walking toward literacy in Carroll Valley and East Berlin community parks

In the community parks of Adams County, a delightful blend of literacy and outdoor adventure awaits families thanks to the innovative StoryWalk® program. Developed through a partnership between the Adams County Library System (ACLS) and the Boroughs of Carroll Valley and East Berlin, this initiative brings books to life along picturesque walking trails, captivating readers of all ages.

The premise is simple yet ingenious: as families stroll through the park, they encounter laminated pages of a story displayed in permanent frames along the path. With each step, a new page unfolds, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the tale while enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds them. But StoryWalk® offers more than just reading material; it prompts children with questions to ponder and suggests physical activities to enhance the experience, making it an interactive adventure for all involved.

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At its core, StoryWalk® is about fostering early literacy in an engaging and accessible way. By combining the joy of storytelling with the excitement of outdoor exploration, children are naturally drawn to the world of books, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of reading. Moreover, the program encourages family bonding as parents and children share in the adventure together, strengthening relationships and creating lasting memories.

Since its debut at the Gettysburg Area Rec Park last June, StoryWalk® has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community. People of all ages have delighted in the experience of reading while enjoying the walking trail in the park. This heartwarming response speaks volumes about the program’s ability to bring people together and enrich the community fabric.

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of local organizations and donors. The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club, the Gettysburg Eagles Aerie #1562, and the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Fund have all contributed to the success of this project. Stay tuned for more information in late spring for more information on when the StoryWalks® will be ready for use. 

The ACLS remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting literacy and wellness within the community. Through initiatives like this, the ACLS is not only providing a valuable service but also nurturing a sense of wonder and exploration that will benefit generations to come. So, lace up your walking shoes, grab a book, and embark on an adventure through the pages of a book.

Erica Duffy is the ACLS Development Director. Contact Erica at development@adamslibrary.org.

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