Thursday, June 2 marked the Grand Opening of StoryWalk®, an installation in Haslett’s Orlando Park that combines reading and walking for a great family attraction. Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) and Meridian Township Parks and Recreation teamed up to create this beautiful and educational project—one of only four StoryWalks® in Michigan. This initiative encourages families to enjoy reading and the outdoors by posting a children's book a page or two at a time at intervals in a park, hiking trail or other outdoor site.

Board members from CADL and officials from Meridian Township were on hand to celebrate the festivities, which included a ribbon cutting, a visit from Haslett’s Ralya Elementary school students, and a walk through the new installation, featuring panels of the book Moose on the Loose, by Kathy-jo Wargin. Visitors were treated to a special recorded message from the author.

StoryWalk® is one of many projects CADL is funding with public service grants, intended to connect with the public in non-traditional ways. “The CADL Public Service Grant is one way that CADL challenges staff to aim higher. CADL administration never stands still,” says Ann Chapman, Head Librarian at CADL Haslett. “They are always examining current trends in library services across the country and inviting management and staff to weigh in with our thoughts on what will come next.”

Meridian Township agrees that the public will be attracted to this great example of community partnership. “We feel this collaboration will make our park more fun, as well as educational,” says LuAnn Maisner, Director of Parks and Recreation for Meridian Township. “We are delighted to host families who are looking for a more interactive and movement filled way to read with their children.”