The Chance to Read as you exercise and enjoy nature
Journeys into River Edge
A unique use of lawn signs in River Edge provides an opportunity for you and your family to take a walk, read and grow all at once.
For many years lawn signs were used as real estate signs (home for sale) and for construction companies promoting home repairs. More recently they came to surface as election campaign signs. Occasionally they could be seen for social justice and political issues.
But earlier this year they started to take on a new force in a number of wide ranging uses: Some as a way to acknowledge, support and honor essential front line workers , others capturing the moment in our challenges (both health and societal) during this Spring of 2020, and still some that have been used to instruct and encourage us to support our trees (signs from the Shade Tree Commission).
Now, a recent walk near the River Edge Public Library has revealed yet another and most novel application for these signs
On the path between the Library and the Memorial Park parking area (technically it is part of the River Edge Arboretum) can be found 16 law sign spaced out to tell a story. It is part of an innovative program called the Story Walk, a presentation of the River Edge Public Library and River Edge Recreation & Cultural Affairs.
As the first and introductory sign explains” Story Walk is an innovative program that combines literacy with nature and physical activity for people of all ages”.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier.
Here in River Edge, the hope is that you will stop and read the story as you walk (at a social distance) along the path. At a time that the library is closed except for curbside pick and Zoom programs, Story Walk is a way to bring the library to folks when we can’t go inside the library.
The first Story Walk story is “Those Darn Squirrels” by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.
It is the intention of the Story Walk organizers to repeat the process with new stories every few weeks.
The project seems to be a win-win proposition: encouraging reading, exercise and community. And, it is a use of the lawn signs that neither sells, influences or divides us.
We congratulate all involved and helping initiate this interesting project. We already envision a number of other possibilities to help folks walk and “journey” about town.