Baldwin Library creates children’s book trail in Beverly Park

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 31, 2017


BEVERLY HILLS — Parents, instead  of watching your child waste away an afternoon in front of a screen, wouldn’t you rather they read a book or go play outside?

Well, how about both?

The Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board has teamed up with Baldwin Public Library to install a new 0.4-mile trail around Beverly Park where families can read an entire book, posted two pages at a time, on permanent, weatherproof posts around the park. 

Janice Hausman, chair of the Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board, said she reached out to Stephanie Kimmek, head of Baldwin Public Library’s youth services, to make the installation a reality.

“I had the idea for this about a year ago, and it is so wonderful to see it come to fruition,” said Hausman in a prepared statement. “I approached Stephanie because I thought it would be the perfect partnership for the park and the library. After researching other successful storybook trails around the country, I knew that this would be a great fit for our park’s walking trail.”

Kimmek said she expects it will take families around 20 minutes to read the entire book, depending on the pace they walk. And the book will be changed every month, so there will always be a reason to get out of the house and take a literary stroll around the park.

“I think this will be a fun way for families to be outside and experience reading and books at the same time,” Kimmek said. “Since there are studies that show kids learn best by movement, this is a creative and enticing way to get them outside and moving and learning in a way they’re really going to enjoy.”

The Story Book Trail is sponsored by the village of Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board, Baldwin Public Library and the Friends of Baldwin Public Library.

The trail starts near the first tee of the disc golf course, located in Beverly Park, on Beverly Road in Beverly Hills, just west of Southfield Road, between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads.