Dana Abbey – Community Engagement Coordinator/Colorado
The Goddard Public Library in Goddard, Kansas applied for and was awarded Network of the National Library of Medicine, MidContinental outreach funding for their Fitness Fridays program. The aim of the project is to increase health, information, and reading literacy within one program with activities available locally and statewide for all ages.
The free programming will combine favorite summertime activities: walking and reading with the StoryWalk® program, and will raise awareness of reliable health information resources like MedlinePlus. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story along a popular walking route in the community. The national fitness and literacy project has inspired adults and children to read together while encouraging healthy outdoor activity in all 50 states and 11 countries.
In March of 2021, the library launched “If You Plant a Seed” by award winning author Kadir Nelson on the Prairie Sunset Trail. The book tells a story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity, and is displayed on the trail on 15 signs. The pandemic made it even more important to provide activities outdoors that would allow social distancing.
Funding Amount: $2,500
Funding Period: August 17-April 15, 2021