Library announces StoryWalk winners


TORRINGTON – Goshen County Library announced its StoryWalk winners whose books will be on display for a year on town walking paths in Torrington, Fort Laramie, Lingle and Yoder.

“The library did a competition with our elementary schools asking them to write and illustrate stories to be displayed in our StoryWalk stands,” Goshen County Library Director Cristine Braddy explained. “We had approximately 25 students from Trail Elementary team up to write and illustrate stories.”

“We established the StoryWalk in Goshen County to build early literacy by creating easy access to books and encouraging movement,” Braddy stated. “The StoryWalk has grown from Torrington to Lingle, Fort Laramie and Yoder.”

In addition to cultivating literacy and creativity in youth, Braddy said, “this competition was an opportunity to get original stories in the displays and celebrate our local budding authors and illustrators.”

Goshen County Library StoryWalk 2022 winners are:

• First Place: The Lonely Garbage Truck by James Stienmetz, Alexis Hansen and Taytum Reichert, on display in Torrington until the first rotation.

• Second Place: Jupiter Loved the Planet Jupiter by Kate Audette and Amarie Winter, on display in Torrington starting June 27.

• Third Place: Lola and Phoenix by Emmelin Matlock and Natalia Closs, on display in Torrington starting July 11.

• Other participants’ books will be available as well at various locations and durations.

The library held a special award and winners’ reception at Trail Elementary to recognize not only the winners, but all participants in the StoryWalk competition.

“Judy Cummings, the district librarian, played a huge role in getting this competition off the ground,” Braddy added. “This is the first year of the competition (in surrounding towns), we would love to see entries from all the schools next year.”

Torrington: The StoryWalk begins at 2634 East C St., and heads west to West C Street.

Yoder: The StoryWalk begins at the Yoder Community Building, 215 Main St.

Ft. Laramie: The StoryWalk begins just outside of the Ft. Laramie Community Center on the preschool center side at 102 Otis St.

Lingle: The StoryWalk begins at the Lingle Town Park at 401 Main St.

“We hope these stories encourage others to get a little bit creative this summer,” Braddy said. Adding, “These stories in the StoryWalk displays generally rotate every three weeks.”

For more information and maps of each story walking path in Torrington, Fort Laramie, Yoder and Lingle visit, www.goshencountylibrary.org.

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