Elmhurst Eagle Scout candidate brings StoryWalk outdoor reading adventure to local park

ELMHURST – In collaboration with the Elmhurst Park District and local Eagle Scout candidate Tyler Janiak, the Elmhurst Public Library will debut Elmhurst’s community StoryWalk Project this fall.

Janiak conceived the idea of providing his community with a StoryWalk after learning about the project’s mission to promote early literacy, physical activity and family time together in nature, a library news release stated. The goal matched up perfectly with Janiak’s interests, and is in line with both the park district’s and library’s outreach efforts. Additionally, he prototyped the display panels, coordinated with stakeholders, raised funds and built the stands for the StoryWalk as part of his project.

The Elmhurst community StoryWalk is in Eldridge Park. The first panel can be found near the playground and follows the path that goes west, between the soccer fields.

“Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind” by author-illustrator Jessica Hische is the debut StoryWalk title. The whole community is invited to participate.

The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.