The Lake Wilderness Arboretum and Maple Valley Library have partnered together to bring a StoryWalk® to Maple Valley. StoryWalk® is an innovative approach to encouraging people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying wonderful children’s books. With her wealth of experience, Sharon Chastain, the children’s librarian at the Maple Valley Library, selects the best children’s books for the project. Then the pages are installed in frames along the Arboretum’s Main Looping Trail so as you walk, you can read the book one page at a time, all while enjoying being outside. Our hope is that this feature will provide children a new way to see, learn and experience the amazing world that we live in.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Since its inception in 2007, StoryWalks® have now been installed in 50 states and 12 countries. Installed in June 2020, the Lake Wilderness Arboretum StoryWalk® project is sponsored by local residents C. Collier and Harr Family, Maple Valley Library Guild, Mutual of Enumclaw, and the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation.