FAIRMONT - If you want to spend time with your family, you might venture outside. Once you're outdoors, you could take a walk. And if you take a walk down the Heritage Acres bike trail, you might find some entertainment.
Those familiar with the Laura Numeroff series of children's books will appreciate the above reference, and those who aren't can get acquainted with it thanks to the StoryWalk now set up at the Heritage Acres bike trail. The first story walk: Numeroff's "If You Give A Pig A Pancake."
While the StoryWalk project originated in Vermont, the idea has become a handy tool for promoting literacy and has been used in other places across the country.
Martin County Library Director Jenny Trushenski is at the starting point of the Heritage Acres bike trail and also at the start of the book, “If You Give A Pig A Pancake,” now on display at the park.
"It's a unique and fun way to bring the importance of literacy and the library out into the community," said Martin County library director Jenny Trushenski. "The is a joint effort between the library and the city of Fairmont, and the goals are to promote literacy, promote exercise and activity, promote family literacy and also promote the city of Fairmont's parks and trails."
Trushenski said the StoryWalk project took about a month to create.
"It was a minimal cost; we had the stakes made and the pages laminated," she said. "As long as the book and the illustrations aren't altered in any way, there's not a copyright infringement."
The storybook was posted this weekend, and stretches from the groundhog compound to the bridge.
"People thought it was cute when they saw us putting it up," Trushenski said. "We're hoping people will enjoy it and use it."
If the story walk is considered a success, there is an opportunity to post other books along the trail, or even utilize other locations.
"It is great to work together with Jenny and the county library system to make this project happen in our community," said Fairmont city engineer Troy Nemmers.