REMINDER: Tune in KSMU this morning at 9:45 to hear the first segment of POETRY PALS, the new show that airs people reading poems for kids. I lead off today so I hope you’ll tune in. In Springfield you’ll find us at 91.1 FM and anywhere in the world you can follow through live-streaming on their website, http://www.ksmu.org.
Yesterday Matt Forrest Esenwine posted about how AFTER DARK is being used at part of a library sponsored nature walk. Many of you saw it but here’s the link to that. https://www.facebook.com/MattForrestVoice/posts/2852259121510385?comment_id=2852675348135429&reply_comment_id=2853310691405228¬if_id=1589847899277661¬if_t=comment_mention Sorry I haven’t mastered the art of shortening these addresses. Kathy Temean gave me a lesson once but I’ve long since forgotten how it worked. Anyway, Matt had told children’s librarian Sue Matott at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH about my book, she got a copy for her library, and it wound up being put to use in one of her “Story Walk” programs. Many thanks are due, first to Matt of course!, and then to Sue.
Intrigued by the notion of having story walks, I contacted Sue and she responded.
“We have many rail trails here. They are being built and groomed, trying to connect them so bikers and walkers can go many places freely and not be bothered on roads! One such section was finished 2 years ago and it ends (begins) right next to my library. Its a beautiful section about 1/3 of a mile long that has a covered bridge on the other end. So, one of my patrons was wanting to do his eagle scout badge but was “stuck” as to what to do! I was dreaming of a story walk, and poof, the concept was brought to reality!! He (and his troop) did all the work! Alex and I came up with the design together. I am now responsible for the stories, and the rail trail group maintains the trail! I have 21 podiums, each has a page of the book, so as you take the wonderful walk along the river, you read the book. If the story is too long, I double the pages on the podiums, or if too short I usually add poems that are related to the topic of that particular story.”
Pillsbury Free Library
PO Box 299/ 18 E. Main St.
Warner NH 03278
Isn’t this a grand idea? With Sue’s permission I posted this today to introduce you to her program and encourage folks in other parts of the country to consider doing something similar.