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Story Walk will be an added feature during Squarecrow contest

Discover children's story pages around the Columbia public square and find a free book at the end of the "StoryWalk(R)" during the Squarecrows contest in the weeks ahead.

By Debbie Cowan

The Adair County Heritage Association "Squarecrow" displays were a huge success in downtown Columbia last year with dozens of whimsical, innovative scarecrows gracing the Public Square and grounds of the historic courthouse. The project brought excitement to the community as many families and visitors walked the downtown areas to view the creations.

When the "Squarecrows" appear this year, there will be an added feature that promotes family literacy and fitness as the Adair County Public Library, Family Resource Center, WATCH Coalition and local businesses are partnering to bring a "StoryWalk(R)" to the Public Square.

StoryWalk(R) is "an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoying reading and the outdoors at the same time". The basic idea is to post pages from a children's book along a walking trail and invite families to walk the trail and read the book along the way.

Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy will be the featured book during the "Squarecrow" event and will be displayed in the windows of downtown businesses. The story trail begins at Monkey Business, 322 Public Square and ends at the former Cafe on the Square building.

Families are encouraged to "step around the Square and step into Pumpkin Town" by finding the pages of the books posted in the windows and reading together. At the end of the trail, families may choose a free book from a bin.

The StoryWalk(R)Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

For more information about the local project, contact Lee Ann Jessie at the Adair Public Library at 270-384-2472.

Contact writer Debbie Cowan at

This story was posted on 2016-09-29 08:28:26
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