Culver library centennial celebration June 6 includes host of family events

Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

A communitiy-wide celebration of the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library's centennial on Saturday, June 6 will kick off at 10 a.m. at Culver’s town park for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Culver’s own "StoryWalk," one of a day-long series of events planned for the library's birthday party.

A "StoryWalk" is an innovative way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time, thus promoting both family literacy and outdoor exercise. The library and park board partnered to bring the 18-station "StoryWalk" along the lake in the park, with each post housing a different laminated page from a children's storybook. As families walk along the route, they can read the book together.

CUTPL is supplying the laminated book pages for the "StoryWalk." Phil Washburn of Yankee Painter built the posts and tops, and the employees of the Parks and Recreation Department will install the posts at the park.

The first book featured will be "The Ice Cream Hotel" by Culver author Jack Johnston. The "StoryWalk" books in the park will change every two weeks starting in June and will be available through September.

The "StoryWalk" project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


Starting at 10:30 at the park, marionette performers Stevens Puppets will present "Beauty and the Beast."

Nationally performing Stevens Puppets are celebrating their 80th year of productions for children of all ages. The marionettes were authentically created in the traditional old world style, specializing in classic children's literature, and classic fairy tales. All of the programs are intended for all age levels. The 45-minute show will take place at the town park.

Immediately following will be games and prizes for all ages at park, including the Bozo Game, egg walk, sack races, hula hoop contest, and face painting.

Following, participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and parade back to the library together for lunch, cake, and a more festivities.

A fund-raiser for the day's events is scheduled for May 24. Read more about it here: