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Tale on the Trail

The Osawatomie Public Library has partnered with a local chapter of Parents As Teachers to debut a new and engaging method of storytelling: a storywalk along the Flint Hills Trail. Storywalks feature “deconstructed” stories staggered along walking trails or other easily accessible public spaces, like parks and gardens. Pages are enlarged, laminated, and displayed incrementally to promote physical activity and nurture a love of good storytelling all at once.

Assistant Library Director Amanda Murphy, alongside Julie Whitefordhouk of Parents As Teachers’ Paola Consortium, selected the children’s storybook “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon as the first title to be featured this spring on the temporary trailside installation, which begins May 1st and running through the 15th. The “Tale on the Trail” storywalk starts at the Mile Zero Trailhead of the Flint Hills Trail at 1400 South Street in Osawatomie, just south of the Karl E. Cole Sports Complex. Patrons will see the introductory signage near the Walker Station kiosk.

Murphy and Whitefordhouk are excited to learn how many families enjoy the storywalk, and have developed a convenient way for parents and guardians to “check-in” and give feedback onsite. The first sign for the storywalk contains a unique QR Code that patrons can scan with their smartphones and leave comments, feedback, and other helpful remarks about their family size and children’s ages; all data collected will help shape the next storywalk and better tailor it to our community.

City officials are pleased to see organizations take advantage of our beautiful trail and trailhead amenities, and encourage residents of all ages to take an after dinner walk or bike ride soon and enjoy the Tale on the Trail (or even just the trail).

For more information on this and other Library projects, visit the Library online at www.osawatomie.org, check out their Facebook page, or give them a call!

If your group or organization is interested in holding an event at the trailhead or along the trail, please call City Hall to arrange the proper permits and/or permissions, and check availability.