It’s almost time to take a walk through literature.
Christian Risk is putting the finishing touches on his Eagle Scout project: a story walk around the splash pad in Washington Park. Risk is a junior at La Salle-Peru Township High School.
A story walk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. Those signs or pages are spread through indoor or outdoor spaces in all seasons, allowing a reader to follow along with a story by walking.
Risk said he always liked the library and enjoys reading.
“I thought this would be perfect for kids and with the new splash pad,” Risk said. “They can see this and read it as a family and make it a physical activity.”
Lynn Sheedy, youth service manager at Peru Public Library, said the library will be in charge of maintaining the storyboards. Sheedy will switch books each month. The first book in the story walk will be “Doing the Animal Bop” by Jan Ormerod.
“It will be a fun, interactive activity around the splash pad for families to enjoy reading a story together,” Sheedy said. “On our first book, they can actually do actions to go from storyboard to storyboard.”
The first story walk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
“Story walks are exciting ways for children and families to experience the fun of reading together and to promote the importance of literacy,” Sheedy said.
Christian’s mom, Jackie Risk, said members of Peru Scout Troop 123 helped build the storyboards. The city installed the posts. The welding department at L-P also helped with the project.
“Total cost for us to do it was about $4,200,” Jackie Risk said. “With discounts and people donating supplies or tools, we cut that down to $2,200 we paid out of pocket. That was donations from local businesses, families and friends.”