NEWKIRK — The Newkirk 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 story, a deconstructed book, page by page, have been installed on the walking path in downtown Newkirk by city employees Tim Tull and Gary Sheets. This will be a permanent fixture in downtown Newkirk and is one of the components of the Newkirk Pathway Project.
As you stroll along the path you are directed to the next page in the story using the custom map designed and donated by Jason Ward, Edmond, Okla. graphic designer. There are currently 13 stations along the path, with plans to expand the StoryWalk once the Newkirk Pathway Project is complete. The sign posts were created and donated by C Johnstone LLC Welding, Fabrication and Repair in Newkirk.
The StoryWalk begins and ends at the Newkirk Public Library (NPL). Other stations are located on the grounds of Newkirk City Hall, Newkirk Fire Department, Kay County Courthouse, Newkirk Post Office, Hole in the Wall Park, Cheeky Burger and Newkirk Senior Housing.
The first book features local author Karen Dye’s book, “Good Luck Liniment-The Horse” in celebration of Charlie Adams Day. Participants are encouraged to visit the NPL after the StoryWalk to complete a survey and post a photo on the NPL’s Facebook page. The first 20 families to complete a survey will receive a free book. Copies of the book featured in the StoryWalk will also be available for checkout at the NPL.
The goal of the Newkirk StoryWalk is to encourage families toward physical fitness, to visit downtown and use the NPL. The Newkirk StoryWalk is made possible with a generous grant from the Peel Foundation. The original StoryWalk Project was created by Ann Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.
The NPL is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m.