After months of planning and preparation the StoryWalk on the campus of the Chatham Branch of the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) is now officially open to the public. A traditional ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by many local dignitaries commemorated the event.
StoryWalk is a movement and literacy boosting project that places an illustrated children’s book, taken apart and displayed page by page, with 20 reading stations. The stories can be changed out periodically for various programs or to promote different interests.
The ceremony began with Chatham Branch Manager Phyllis Moore welcoming everyone followed by an Invocation by Danny Peel of the Chatham Community Church. Doing the honors of cutting the ceremonial ribbon was JPL Director Floyd Knox, Chatham Mayor Greg Harris and Police Juror District 2 representative Lewis Chatham.
Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce Director Wilda Smith and Jaydia Taylor, whose book Because I Am Queen was selected as the first to be displayed in the StoryWalk, followed with comments.
“We as the Chamber of Commerce are excited to participate in this event,” said JPCC Director Wilda Smith. “Phyllis Moore and Angela Walsworth are to be commended for following through with such a project,” added Smith. “This also shows the dedication of the Jackson Parish library to the youth and the children of our parish.”
Taylor, who is a resident of Jackson Parish, was grateful for having her book selected as the inaugural entry to the StoryWalk.
“Thank you to the Jackson Parish Library for this AMAZING honor,” said Taylor. “
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