The Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick, invites the community to check out their new “StoryWalk,” located along the grass path that extends between the new library patio area and the far end of the parking lot. “StoryWalk” was conceived and developed in Montpelier, VT with the support of the public library there. There are now “StoryWalks” in all 50 states and in 14 countries across Europe and Asia. The exhibit at the Albert Wisner Library is the first in Orange County, NY.
The debut exhibit is actually not a story but an art exhibit, created by Warwick Valley Middle School (WVMS) students in the art classes of Nicole Heller and Julie Sisco. In celebration both of children’s literacy and the upcoming Warwick Children’s Book Festival, which will be held on Sat., Oct. 6, the students drew their favorite childhood storybook characters.
The exhibit will be on display through mid-September, to be followed immediately by an exhibit of local artists’ original works on the theme of banned and challenged books. The week of Sept. 24 is “Banned and Challenged Books Week,” an annual event of the American Library Association. The next display, to be put up in late fall, will be a children’s storybook on the theme of winter. That exhibit will take visitors through the winter season.
The “StoryWalk” project was funded by the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation, installed by the Village of Warwick Department of Public Works, and the frames were manufactured in Wisconsin by Barking Dog Exhibits.
The exhibit features artwork by the following WVMS students: Shane Augusta, Ashlyn Azapinto, Alexa Borner, Emily Buliung, Nick Butchko, Anthony Caruso, Andrew Cimino, Jillian Disy, Lexi Frankel, Johnathan Gomez, Logan Jakubek, Hunter Kopczuk, Leslie Leal-Castillo, Ian Morrison, John Murphy, Russell Pirelli, Sierra Roberts, Zach Santiago, Shane Scaglione, Sean Smith, Brooke Sullivan, Ella Sussner, Rylee Tetreault, Natalia Torres, Cookie Valentino and India Wickrath.