Camden, S.C. — Kershaw County Library (KCL) is bringing the experience of reading to life this winter with two new interactive StoryWalks®.
StoryWalks® offer a creative way for families to enjoy reading while spending time outdoors. Pages from picture books are placed on wooden placards so that books can be experienced while strolling. The StoryWalks®, which will feature a rotating collection of books, will be at the West Wateree Veterans Park, located at 550 US-1 in Lugoff, and Historic Camden, located at 222 Broad Street in Camden. Join the West Wateree Veterans Park’s kickoff event on Friday, February 17 from 4:30 PM to 6 PM where the library will have the bookmobile, crafts, book giveaways (while supplies last) and more.
“We’re so excited to offer an interactive way for parents and children to enjoy books together while being physically active and getting outdoors,” said Amy Schofield, KCL director. “Our StoryWalks® bring the community a new, fun way to celebrate reading as a family.”
The StoryWalk® at West Wateree Veteran’s Park will feature the book A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The Snowy Day is a 1962 children’s picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. It features Peter, an African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his collage artwork, which made The Snowy Day the first picture book with an African American protagonist to win a major children’s award.
The StoryWalk® at Historic Camden will feature the book A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent, written by Anne Rockwell. This nonfiction book will bring awareness to the contributions of Lafayette, an enslaved spy who was instrumental in helping secure the American victory.
These StoryWalks® are funded by a Growth Grant from the South Carolina Humanities (schumanities.org) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.
For more information about the library’s StoryWalks® and other community events, go to https://www.kershawcountylibrary.org/events
About Kershaw County Library
Kershaw County Library captures imagination and grows it into action by offering people of all ages and walks of life a wide range of literary and technical resources. The library brings the power of books directly to the people via branch locations in Camden, Elgin, and Bethune; an on-the-go bookmobile; and a digital branch at kershawcountylibrary.org. The library is proud to offer access to more than three million titles through the SC Lends consortium of libraries along with an array of educational and community outreach programs designed to empower all people in the community to thrive.