Keller Public Library plans storytelling trail project with art and sculptures

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The town of Keller is planning a new outdoor activity next spring called The Tale Trail Project.

Around Keller Public Library, along an existing path, 20 plaques will display pages from a children’s story, three sculptures by a company called Wind & Weather, a mural by a commissioned artist and more .

The mural will be located in the former Keller Senior Activity Center, next to the library. The center will be the new home of the Library Annex and Friends of the Keller Library Bookstore, according to a June 7 city council meeting.

Keller Public Library Children’s Services Librarian Wendy Dunn said the project promotes early literacy and provides an outdoor activity for families.

Funding for this project comes from a $65,000 grant to the library.

The project is also part of a memorial to Lisa Harper Wood, the former director of the Keller Public Library for 20 years.

As principal, Wood started a program called Harvest Stew, “a fall festival that served community members stew and cornbread in the park behind the library,” said Rachel Reynolds, head of communication and public engagement at Keller.

Jana Prock, director of city library services, said she “hopes our first book will be ‘Stone Soup,'” which was one of Wood’s favorite books.

Marcia Brown’s book is about three soldiers who find a village with people frustrated with war. Hungry, the soldiers boil a pot of water with a stone that attracts the villagers. The community brings items from home to add to the pot, and together they create vegetable soup.

The organizers chose this book because it brings “the idea that if everyone comes together, you’re doing something big and nourishing for the whole community,” Dunn said.

The project will also include a boulder along the walking path to honor Wood with a quote from the book: “Thank you so much for what you have taught us. We will never be hungry again now that we know how to make soup with stones.

The plates will display the actual pages of the book in the correct order along the way, according to Dunn. Keller Public Library hopes to change the book quarterly.

“We always try, with everything we do, to enrich the lives of the citizens of Keller,” Dunn said.

Maya Contreras is an intern in the Scripps Howard Foundation Emerging Journalists Program at the University of North Texas. She is a senior at Prosper High School in Prosper, where she is an opinion writer and lead graphic designer for Eagle Nation Online.

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