VETERANS, PUBLIC INVITED TO STORYWALK DEDICATION
Organizations Partner for a Special Christmas Event
Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT), East Bonner County Library District and the City of Dover are pleased to announce that a permanent StoryWalk tm location has been established at the Dover City Park. Since December 2015 KLT and The Library have been piloting “StoryWalk” projects around the greater Sandpoint, Idaho region. The intent has been to provide young readers and their parents an opportunity to read a children’s book in its entirety as they walk from page to page, thus realizing health benefits while having a great time.
“Over the past year, we have done eight different StoryWalk tm locations which hosted 10 unique children’s books. The response from our community was so exciting that we pursued a grant from the Land Trust Alliance to build permanent kiosks in our most popular locations,” said Suzanne Tugman, KLT Outreach and Communications Director.
On December 19th, KLT, The Library and the City of Dover will celebrate their gift to the community with a ribbon-cutting event and a true story of joy and giving. More than just a public grand opening of the new StoryWalk tm location, the event is an opportunity to acknowledge the gift that Veterans have given to our country and celebrate a positive message of joy. Veterans are invited to lead a special Christmas StoryWalk tm with children from Farmin and Washington Elementary Schools while experiencing the seasonal magic of “The Night Santa Got Lost…How Norad Saved Christmas,” by Michael Keane. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Dover City Hall on Lakeshore Avenue with a dedication and snacks with warm drinks donated by Safeway, Starbucks and Winter Ridge. Students will also enjoy making a special holiday craft to honor our local veterans.
“Roughly 20 Veterans lose their battle with mental health each day. Bonner County wants to help stop the loss by providing free services and helping with events that will bring community members together to show Veterans they are honored and valued. By helping to bring events to Bonner County, we, as a community can now serve those that served us,” said Bryan Hult, Veteran Service Officer.
While the Dover City Park StoryWalk tm location will be permanent, the stories and activities will continue to be updated by East Bonner County Library’s Children’s Services Librarian Suzanne Davis. The updated books will be posted on www.eBonnerLibrary.org, www.kaniksulandtrust.org and www.cityofdover.id.gov.
Library Director Ann Nichols shared her enthusiasm for the project in a recent statement, “Introducing people to reading as they explore the outdoors allows a deeper understanding of nature and the written word. StoryWalk tm programs provide simple books that ask questions and suggest exploration of the natural landscapes that surround the printed pages. Many people benefit from reading and discussing the same book with others who have walked the same trail. Not only does this program allow people to read, it also gets them physically active and engaged with their natural surroundings.”
The public is invited to attend the event that is expected to run until about noon. Attendees are encouraged to dress for cold weather.
“We at the Kaniksu Land Trust office could not think of a better way to celebrate the Dover 2016 Christmas StoryWalk than to bring together our nation’s veterans to walk with our community school children,” said Tugman.
Individuals, families, and groups are invited and encouraged to take advantage of this permanent StoryWalk tm all year long. For more information, contact Suzanne Tugman at Kaniksu Land Trust, (208) 263-9471.