The really inspiring projects are those that organically achieve multiple aims. StoryWalk is such a simple concept – take stories from the confines of the page and into the outdoors – but in truth it does so much more than merely change the method of engagement. Bringing books to life in this way caters to children less interested in solitary reading of course, but it does the same for those who risk spending too much time alone, inside, or facing a screen. Parents aren’t sidelined supervisors, either; a rarity among initiatives for kids.
People know the Statue of Liberty for her towering stature. They know her for the torch she bears and for the spiked crown atop her head. But have you seen her right foot?
That’s the question author Dave Eggers poses in his recent book Her Right Foot. He reveals that it’s lifted slightly, as if she’s headed somewhere. Then he poses another question without as clear an answer: Where is she headed?
To find out, San Francisco wants you to take a stroll along the Crissy Field promenade near the Golden Gate Bridge. There, pages of Egger’s book have been printed on wooden stakes and planted along a half-mile trail as part of a project called StoryWalk. Three other StoryWalk projects can be found along the city’s popular hiking trails. They’re installed by the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the National Park Service, and as the name suggests, the idea is to get kids—and adults—active while immersing them in a good book.