The Loomis Portable Story Boards got their start when a group from the Loomis Friends attended the California Library Association Conference last November. We listened to a librarian from the Bay Area describe their Story Walk, a permanent installation the library had set up to encourage walking and reading. It was copied from the original Story Walk Project developed by Anne Ferguson from Montpelier, Vermont (http://www.flls.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Storywalk-Kit-Resources.pdf)
We returned to Loomis, shared what we had learned at the conference and the idea of an outdoor walking and reading project appealed to many of us. How could we incorporate it at the newly independent, municipal Loomis Library and Community Learning Center? After giving it some thought, Ryan Lucia, the Scout Master of Loomis Boy Scout Troop 12 was approached and he suggested that several of his older scouts might be interested in tackling the concept as their Eagle Project. An email was sent to several scouts and Erik Henrikson responded that he would like to give the Story Walk/Boards a try. We met and after some conversation decided that instead of a permanent installation why not make the Story Walk portable? It would cut down on a lot of work, i.e. digging footings, possible permits, pouring concrete, etc. and if they were made portable they would be much more versatile.
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, Erik delivered 15 brand new portable storyboards to the Loomis Library. He had not only completed his Eagle Scout requirements, but he and his team of scouts provided a new twist for introducing stories to our patrons and the community. We can’t thank Erik enough for his efforts and are looking forward to setting up the first hike and read event in the near future.