Dixon Public Library adds new tale for Storywalk trail

DIXON - The Dixon Public Library is stepping into fall with a new book for its Storywalk trail downtown.

The library created the story trail earlier this summer and partnered with 16 businesses to feature pages of the “Monsters Love Colors” children’s book by Mike Austin in their storefronts.

Now, the windows of 13 businesses will have pages from “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” by Kenard Pak, which is about a child walking outdoors and learning about changes in the environment as summer turns to autumn.

The walk begins at the main door of the library at 221 S. Hennepin Ave. and directs trailgoers to their next stops.

Story trails are often on posts throughout a park or grassy area, but because the library doesn’t have much for green space, staff decided to incorporate one downtown with the help of businesses sporting the laminated pages in their windows.

The library partnered with the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street for the project. The original StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, formerly of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Libraries across the U.S. and 13 other countries have adopted the StoryWalk model.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.