Library uses picture books to celebrate community’s rich diversity
Teaneck Public Library hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new StoryWalk in the Township of Teaneck’s Sagamore Park on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:30 PM.
The StoryWalk project, titled Together in Teaneck, consists of 20 displays, each containing two pages of a picture book behind a plexiglass surface on the theme of diversity and inclusion.
Children and families were encouraged to read the stories by walking through the park and stopping at each display sign. Librarians from Teaneck Public Library will select new stories on the theme of diversity and inclusion and rotate the stories on a regular basis.
Council Member Gervonn Romney Rice (below) welcomed attendees to the ceremony and spoke about the importance of celebrating diversity and inclusion in Teaneck. Township Manager Dean Kazinci, and members of the Teaneck Rotary Club, the Library Board of Trustees, and the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library were also in attendance.
“The goal of this project,” says Library Director Allen McGinley, “is to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in Teaneck, while also fulfilling the Library’s mission of promoting a love of reading, and encouraging everyone to spend time outdoors exploring Teaneck’s wonderful public parks.”
According to Amy Sears, Head of Youth Services, “StoryWalk installations are particularly valuable in helping young children develop literacy skills because they engage children in reading in a unique, active setting.”
The inaugural story is All Are Welcome by The New York Times Best Selling children’s book author Alexandra Penfold. Ms. Penfold spoke at the ribbon-cutting and read her book All Are Welcome to the children and families in attendance.
Together in Teaneck is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this StoryWalk do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
This project is also made possible by a district grant from Rotary International through the Teaneck Rotary Club, and in partnership with the Township of Teaneck Recreation and Public Works Departments.
The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
For more information visit teanecklibrary.org/together-in-teaneck.