The Augusta County StoryWalk® project began in July 2017 at the Churchville Branch Library as a temporary addition to the Churchville Summer Market. Due to its popularity, it remained in place and displayed three stories until it was dismantled that winter.
By early 2018, Library staff began partnering with Parks and Recreation staff to develop a plan to place other StoryWalks® at other county locations. Sponsorships were obtained from the Sullivan family, the Shenandoah Valley Kiwanis Club and the Stuarts Draft Lions Club. The first official StoryWalk® was installed at the Fishersville Library with the assistance of the County Maintenance Department and dedicated with the assistance of the Sullivan family on October 24, 2018.
StoryWalks® began in 2007 in Montpelier, Vermont with Anne Ferguson’s desire to keep people of all ages moving along on a walk by deconstructing and posting a book along a path. The Kellogg-Hubbard Library soon became a partner. There are StoryWalks® in all fifty states and twelve foreign countries.