One of the benefits of living in a small town is the ability to get outdoors and stretch your legs by going for a safe walk around town. For years now, Plymouth has been blessed with a nature-trail that meanders through Centennial Park and part of downtown, with a new addition that will soon bring the trail fully into the business district. Beginning June 6th, the public can combine their love of reading with their love of exercise with the unveiling of the PPL Story Walk!
The public is invited to join Plymouth Public Library staff for a Field Day from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Young Amphitheater in Centennial Park to celebrate the debut of PPL’s Story Walk.
“We are very excited about this as we are the only library around that offers such a thing for their community.” said Debbie Beck, Children’s Department Supervisor at PPL. “We originally got the idea after our Director, Heather Barron, attended an ALA (American Library Association) conference in Chicago and brought back some information regarding Story Walks. They are becoming a big thing on the east coast so we partnered with the Plymouth Parks Department to figure out a way to bring this cool, family-oriented outdoor attraction to Plymouth!” said Beck.
“The PPL Story Walk will begin at the bridge by the Amphitheater, on the east side of the road, and will follow along as the trail leaves the park in front of the soccer fields on Randolph Street. It then crosses the road and follows the trail along the woods on the west side of the road, ending at the bridge located across from the high school. The Story Walk portion of the nature trail is approximately half a mile, so it is not a large portion of the trail, but it is plenty to do for a family that might be out for a stroll.” said Beck.
“Our first featured story will be “Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob” by Simon Bartram, a fun space-based story that coincides with our “Universe of Stories” Summer Discovery program at PPL.” said, Beck. “Stories will be changed/updated seasonally, and each story will occupy a different amount of posts along the Story Walk, as it all depends on the length of the story we are featuring. This first story will occupy 17 of our 20 available posts.” said Beck.
The PPL Story Walk would not be possible without PPL patrons and local businesses that have already sponsored 17 of the 20 posts. “Posts are $300, but that fee makes you a lifetime sponsor.” said Beck. “Our goal is to have all 20 posts sponsored, so we are looking for people and/or businesses to step up and sponsor the final 3. We are so close!”
The fun does not stop with just the Story Walk unveiling, as PPL has an afternoon of fun planned for the whole family. “Light refreshments will be provided and we will have games for kids and families to play, along with some sensory stations. Officer Krynock and K-9 officer Castor will also be on hand to provide demonstrations showcasing how Castor attacks criminals and can sniff out drugs. It will be a fun afternoon for all as we celebrate nature, families and everyone’s love of reading!” ended Beck.