StoryWalk at Summerstown Forest

Media Release

StoryWalk® at Summerstown Forest
March 22, 2021

It was a beautiful weekend for a walk in the forest, and the SDG Library and Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) made the most of it with their StoryWalk® activity.

Over 100 participants visited Summerstown Forest this past Saturday and Sunday to take part in this outdoor literary activity. Pages of the story “Be You!” by Canadian-born author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds, were posted along a family-friendly trail in the Forest. Participants could enjoy the positive messages and vivid illustrations found in the story as they made their way around the 1.7 km loop. While the story was a picture book, the encouraging messages were ones that would appeal to all ages with more than one participant remarking, “You couldn’t have picked a better book!”

“We had a fantastic response to the StoryWalk®.” said Susan Wallwork, Community Librarian. “We were happy to see so many people come out to take part in the walk and very grateful for the support from the Friends of the Summerstown Trail volunteers who helped to make this a successful activity.”

Most of the walkers came from areas surrounding the Forest, but some made the trip from as far away as Crysler and Vankleek Hill. At the end of the walk, many asked about where and when the next StoryWalk® will be!

With such a great response, the Friends of the Summerstown Trails and the SDG Library look forward to partnering together again to offer another StoryWalk® at Summerstown Forest in the future. And the Library will also be bringing StoryWalks® to other areas of SDG – watch for opportunities at

About the SDG Library

The SDG Library provides library services to the residents of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Fifteen branches are located throughout SDG, or online at For specific questions or comments, please contact Susan Wallwork at or (613) 930-3493.

About the Friends of the Summerstown Trails

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is incorporated as a non-profit group run by volunteers with a stated mandate to maintain and develop green, recreational trails for healthy outdoor activities in the Summerstown Forest. In recent years, an impressive amount of progress has been made specially with the addition of a new parking lot on County Rd. 27; also, trails have been improved and expanded and new grooming equipment and signage installed. Many activities are offered, such as races, instructional lessons, outings for schools and seniors and Family Day activities. Rental of XC ski and snowshoe packages and fat bikes is also offered on weekends. The Summerstown Trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401.

About the StoryWalk® Program

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Family reading StoryWalk board   Group enjoying a StoryWalk board