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StoryWalks Win City Spirit Award

Patrons visit the Pondhawk Natural Area StoryWalk.

The Florida League of Cities (FLC) awarded Boca Raton the City Spirit Award in its Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program for the city’s public library StoryWalks. 

A StoryWalk guides visitors page-by-page through a children’s book along an established path. At the end of the route, visitors have read the entire book. Boca Raton’s award-winning StoryWalks are located at the Pondhawk Natural Area and Serenoa Glade Preserve.

The City Spirit Award recognizes “a specific citywide effort that successfully addresses a local need.”  Boca Raton will receive a trophy and recognition in FLC’s magazine, Quality Cities.

FLC President Tony Ortiz explains, "Florida's local governments have demonstrated their ability to adapt, innovate, and create. Whether it is . . . providing services or engaging the community, our cities, towns and villages are constantly evolving to better serve their communities. And that's exactly what this awards program aims to recognize."

Workers set up the StoryWalk.

StoryWalk through nature

Read about how the City of Boca Raton Public library launched its program and see more images from the project. 

Community response

Read about how many patrons visit the StoryWalks each month and see more images from the project. 

StoryWalks at other Florida public libraries

Workers set up the StoryWalk.

During FY2021-22, the percentage of total costs for the Community Engagement and Resources Program financed with federal money is 66%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $73,494. This program does not receive any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

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