Trail-walkers young and old came out for the StoryWalk® grand opening in Cedaredge on Saturday, Dec. 3. It was a brisk, sunny day, yet even the bite of cold in the air did not keep people from enjoying a nice walk and a great read. In fact, the wintry weather only helped bring the tale of the lost little bear to life.
The story featured at the grand opening was "Cooper's Christmas Adventure," written and illustrated by Cedaredge High School gifted and talented students Jessica Craig, Hannah Hatheway, Julia Jackson, Holly Jenkins and Daizy-Ann McCarthy. Library staff stationed at the trailhead greeted walkers with cookies and hot apple cider, and dog biscuits for their four-legged, furry friends. At the end of the trail, participants received a sticker, an invitation to visit the Cedaredge Library for crafts and activities related to the story, and a sneak peek at the book slated to go up in January.
Children and adults alike will be excited for the next story, "Snowmen at Night," written by Carolyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner. It is the magical story about the secret life of snowmen and what they do at night while we are sleeping. Best of all, there are hidden images throughout the book for the keen eye to locate while walking and reading the story.
"The wonderful thing about having a permanent StoryWalk® on the Surface Creek Trail is that it will continue to give people the opportunity to get outdoors and read with new stories going up throughout the year," says Cara Morton, Cedaredge Library manager. "The possibilities are endless!"
It is also an opportunity for continued partnerships and outreach.
"I really think the community collaboration between Delta County Libraries, the Town of Cedaredge and Cedaredge High School was a great way to show pride and togetherness within the community," says Kevin Dunbar, Cedaredge High School teacher. "The grand opening was a really fun experience. My son, five-year-old Jackson, was really excited when the story featured Santa and he wanted to come back and read it again. We are proud of the students who created the story and hopefully there will be more opportunities to collaborate and involve more students on similar projects."
The StoryWalk® is located on the Surface Creek Trail starting at SE Independence Avenue and ending at SE Deer Trail Avenue in Cedaredge.