StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are placed in outdoor displays, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, formerly of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
The Putnam County StoryWalk® Project began in 2020. StoryWalks® are planned for several locations in Putnam County.
The Putnam County StoryWalk® Project is comprised of many partners, including the Putnam County Public Library, Purdue Extension-Putnam County, Putnam County Community Foundation, and many more.
The Putnam County Public Library’s Youth Services department selects books for each StoryWalk® and updates them seasonally.
Current Book: A Hat for Minerva Louise
by Janet Stoeke
The Edgar & Betty Bayliff StoryWalk® is located at the Cloverdale Community Park in Cloverdale, IN. This StoryWalk® was funded in memory of Cloverdale natives, Edgar and Betty Bayliff.
Edgar and Betty (Whitman) Bayliff both grew up in Putnam County. Although they later moved to Kokomo to raise their family, they always took great pride in their Putnam County roots and chose to be buried in the Cloverdale Cemetery upon their deaths in 2012 (Edgar) and 2020 (Betty).
Edgar and Betty were lifelong learners who read extensively. The Bayliffs also both loved to travel and explore the world. Much of that adventurous spirit came to Betty as a child spending endless hours in the Putnam County Public Library. It was in the library that she discovered through books the many wonders and exciting places that she hoped to visit as an adult. She was always grateful to the library for opening up the world to her.
Edgar and Betty hoped to leave a lasting legacy to the library to give future generations those same opportunities.
Current Book: Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Reelsville StoryWalk® is located at the Reelsville Community Center in Reelsville, IN.
This StoryWalk® was funded by the Putnam County Community Foundation.
Current Book: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
The Roachdale StoryWalk® is located at Roachdale Elementary School in Roachdale, IN. This StoryWalk® was funded by the Putnam County Community Foundation.
Current Book: The Heritage Lake Community StoryWalk® will open on April 8, 2022.
The Heritage Lake Community StoryWalk® is located at Heritage Lake near the Heritage Lake Marina and Sahm’s Haven Restaurant. This StoryWalk® was funded by the Putnam County Community Foundation.
The Putnam County StoryWalk® Project could not be successful without our dedicated partners and supporters.
We are in need of both donations and volunteers to make this project successful.
General donations will go towards general supplies and maintenance for the StoryWalks®. Sponsoring a book set OR a year’s worth of book sets will ensure that the library can purchase and prepare new books to put into the displays.
We are in need of volunteers to deliver and replace books at each StoryWalk® location three to four times a year. This position would require the use of your personal vehicle as well as a background check. If you are interested in being a StoryWalk® volunteer, please contact us at [email protected].