COHASSET — Town Manager Christopher Senior and Paul Pratt Memorial Library Director Meaghan James are pleased to announce that a new family-friendly display has been added to the Town’s annual holiday exhibit.
A StoryWalk is now on display around the Town Common that features pages of a book set up along a walking path for the entire community to enjoy.
Set up on Monday, Dec. 27, the display will remain up through the end of January 2022. It features 22 sign posts that each feature a page from the book “Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light” by author-illustrator Apryl Stott.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont. The project is commonly used in cities as a way to increase access to literacy. After working with the Cohasset Cultural Council, Paul Pratt Memorial Library Trustees and the Friends of the Cohasset Library, Director James was able to bring the program to Cohasset this year.
“Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the library staff wanted to find a creative way to serve the community,” Director James said. “The library has always been a welcoming space for residents to come, and we were very successful with curbside service when the pandemic first hit, but we knew families were looking for something safe and fun to do that allowed them to stay connected to the library this holiday season. StoryWalk was the perfect fit. I would like to especially thank the library’s Children’s Department team, Sharon Moody and Meghan Damiano for working so hard to make this project come to fruition. From writing grants to final assembly it took tremendous teamwork and dedication.”
Director James worked with Cohasset Director of Facilities Nick Berardi to organize the display. It uses Christmas tree stands to hold up the displays, and the Wisconsin-based company Barking Dog Exhibits constructed the posts. The displays are durable, easy to read, weather resistant and can be reused in future years.
This year’s book focuses on the friendship between a little girl and a bear. It was chosen because of its holiday theme, positive message, family-friendly content and high-quality illustrations.
Director James said that she will work with other libraries in the region to get ideas for more book choices, and hopes to set up future displays in different parts of town.
“Meaghan and the library staff, in cooperation with several Town agencies, did a terrific job setting this up and it’s a great addition to the Town’s holiday exhibit on the Common,” Town Manager Senior said. “Now more than ever it’s important to provide safe activities that the whole family can enjoy, and we hope our residents take some time to enjoy the StoryWalk this holiday season.”
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