CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- What began as a temporary opportunity to get kids outdoors and reading at the same time, was such a "big hit," it now has a year-round home at Oakland Nature Preserve.
The Carbondale Public library and Green Earth teamed up for a permanent Story Walk at the preserve, which will feature new books each month.
Pages from children's books are on display in new cases sitting atop posts constructed by volunteers. Stories unfold along a trail, letting kids have a hike, stop, and read along the way.
Francine Wien-Frankowski, Children's Librarian for Carbondale, says October is "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds.
"So this one is a little spooky, silly story just for Halloween, but we're going to try and focus on nature-based stories and this with changing of the season, and that kind of stuff," she explains."So put on your walking shoes, come on out; it's nice and cool, and the bugs aren't biting."
The project is a community-group effort with volunteers from Green Earth helping to construct and install the displays, and contributions from individuals and groups like Little River Research and Friends of the Carbondale Library.