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County Library, Southern Conservation Land Trust team up for picture book walk

At Thursday’s meeting, the county commissioners celebrated the launch of the picture book walk with Christeen Snell and Ada Demlow from the Fayette County Public Library and Nick Kilburg from Southern Conservation Lady Trust. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

Get ready to take a stroll to exercise your body and mind. The Fayette County Public Library and Southern Conservation Land Trust are teaming up for a picture book walk at the Ridge Nature Area.

From September 22 through October 20, the featured book, “Daniel Finds A Poem” by Micha Archer, will be split up along 17 sign posts offering visitors a chance to share the story while they enjoy nature.

“The goal of the picture book walk is to spark the connection between literary, nature, and the creative arts by bringing children and families together around a beautiful book in a nature-filled space,” said Children’s Librarian Ada Demlow.

The idea for the picture walk came when Demlow was visiting another nature area.

“I noticed as I was walking the path, there was a story book that you could read with your child as you were walking,” she said.

She thought it would be great to team up with Southern Conservation Land Trust to do something similar at the Ridge Nature Area.

“I thought what a wonderful partnership it would be to have such a walk for our community.”

Southern Conservation Land Trust couldn’t wait to get the project rolling.

“We feel very fortunate that the Fayette County Library thought of the Ridge for this project, and we hope to see you all out there,” said Nick Kilburg, Southern Conservation Land Trust’s Director of Conservation and Outdoor Education.

The inaugural picture book walk kicks off with a day of celebration Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ridge Nature Area located at 390 Burch Road in Fayetteville.

Along with the picture book walk, the library will host a month of programs that coincide with the book.

“It will be full of rich opportunities for home school families and after-school enrichment activities for children,” said Demlow.

Founded in 1933 by Fayette residents, Southern Conservation Land Trust operates five public nature areas, including the Ridge, in the community. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.sctlandtrust.org.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways 85 and 54. For more information, contact the library at 770-461-8841.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.