Gilmer Public Library and Robert F. Kidd Library have created and are presenting two Story Walks in Gilmer County this summer. A StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story (literally a book taken apart) along a walking route in the community. Children and families who participate in the walk and complete the final assignment (or post a photo with the hashtag #GPLSummer) will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Prize winners will be drawn in September.

The first Story Walk is “Where the Wild Things Are,” by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The book pages are mounted on the fence around the Gilmer High School softball field at the Sue Morris Sports Complex in Glenville. Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old this year. Maurice Sendak's medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. This picture book is an excellent choice for children ages 4 to 6. This Story Walk runs along flat ground at the sports complex and can be completed in a short period of time.

The second Story Walk is “Rocks in My Pockets” by Marc Harshman and Bonnie Collins. (Marc Harshman is a poet laureate for the State of West Virginia.) The pages of this book were mounted on wooden stakes installed along Nightingale Trail at Cedar Creek State Park. This book presents the story of a poor family who were rich in values of the simple life of hard work, resourcefulness, and perseverance. Appropriate for ages 5 and up, this is a great story for young and old alike. The story teaches that problem-solving skills often come from one's own imaginative ideas. This shaded winding trail includes steps, inclines, twists, and turns and is the perfect path for this literary adventure. This Story Walk can be completed in less than half an hour, but there's no need to rush your time in the wooded area.

Both Story Walks will remain in place into September until the prizes winners are drawn. Multiple entries are permitted. For more information about the Story Walks contact Gilmer Public Library at 304-462-5620, or visit