The Branch Libraries of the Lewis & Clark Library in East Helena, Augusta, Lincoln and the Bookmobile teamed up together to bring the community six StoryWalk® books that can be enjoyed by everyone. 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.
Each StoryWalk® of the Lewis & Clark Library was placed in a walkable location in East Helena, Lincoln, Canyon Creek, Wolf Creek and Augusta, Montana for the public to enjoy for the month of October 2020. During this time of limited library services this is a way that the library can provide distanced programming for all of our communities. Not only do the StoryWalk® books provide access to literature but also promote sharing stories with a group of people, enjoying nature, getting outside for a walk, and all while providing a fun library program that allows for social distancing.
Each StoryWalk® saw quite a bit of traffic from local schools, community families, and visitors. The schools in Wolf Creek and Canyon Creek particularly enjoyed reading the stories while out at recesses. Holly at our Augusta Library Branch scheduled a walk with a local group where she would read the page of the story out loud to the group. Andrea, in East Helena, placed the StoryWalk® close to the Elementary school for easy access for the students. In Lincoln there were many opportunities to enjoy the StoryWalk® since it was placed at the school for several weeks and then moved to the Blackfoot Pathway: Sculpture In the Wild International Sculpture Park.
The Branches of the Lewis & Clark Library will be offering the StoryWalk® books to the community in the future in new locations!