The Dodge City Public Library (DCPL) and the City of Dodge City recently announced the completion and return of the StoryWalk to Spiers Park and the Dodge City community.
While walking through Spiers Park, visitors will find a children’s book installed in mounted frames in different areas along a path.
The StoryWalk’s return was made possible with the financial support from the Friends of the Library group, the Library Foundation and the Dodge City Community College Foundation Communities Supporting Early Literacy Grant funded by the Kansas Health Foundation.
After research and discussions, new frames were found and ordered, and with the help of Daniel Cecil, interim director of Parks & Facilities, and Assistant City Manager Melissa McCoy, the project was recently completed.
Dodge City Parks and Facilities employees assisted in installing the new frames and worked with library staff to accomplish this project quickly ahead of the Annual Dodge City Days Festival.
“When I arrived on the job in Dodge City last August, one of the early things mentioned was bringing back the StoryWalk to the park, as the previous one had been removed,” said DCPL Executive Director Lori Juhlin.
StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, formerly of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
The first story to debut on the new frames is “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales, a Pura Belpré Illustration Award winning book.
““Dreamers” is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history,” explained DCPL. “It’s the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it’s a promise that you can make better tomorrows.”
This illustrated picture book memoir looks at the myriad gifts, migrants bring with them when they leave their homes.
It is a story about family, meant to remind people they are all dreamers, bringing their own strengths wherever they roam.
“Dreamers” is stated to be a beautiful and powerful story, that is both topical and timeless meant to instill a particular urgency, given the USA’s current climate toward immigrant policies making the status of the country’s Dreamers uncertain.
Library staff will continue to change the stories in the frames every six to eight weeks and will announce new stories on social media.
“Our goal will be to provide stories that are in Spanish and English so all families can enjoy,” said DCPL.
Spiers Park is located north of Soule St.