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StoryWalk trail, combining nature and literacy, opens Monday at Columbia Township Park

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Jul 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 07:29:17-04

COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio — There’s a new trail in Lorain County that combines literacy and nature.

StoryWalk, which combines physical activity with literacy, wraps around Columbia Park near The Columbia Branch Library. The space gives children the opportunity to interact with their favorite children's books in a different way.

"And the idea is to be physically active, as well as reading the story and enjoying the story and enjoying the park too," said John Guscott, Columbia Station Branch Manager

Children’s picture book pages are mounted on frames that are then laid out on the trail inviting families, children, caregivers and teachers to follow along the path.

The StoryWalk was made possible thanks to Marilyn Fetchet, who worked at the Columbia branch and donated part of her estate to the library.

"She was here for 28 years and she loved children's literature. She loved fiction. She was a very avid reader. She just really engaged young people in a love of learning. And they felt that it was an appropriate way to, you know, honor her," Guscott said.

The library will change the books monthly April through November, weather permitting.

A ribbon-cutting will be held on Monday, July 12 at 3 p.m.

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