written by: Kelley V Phillips, Communications & Outreach Manager
In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8, the Union City Public Library and Red-tail Land Conservancy have partnered to present a free outdoor pop-up storywalk of the book “A Brush with Nature,” written by local author Laurie Lunsford and illustrated by the Union City Plein Air Painters.
A storywalk is a series of reading stations placed along a trail with each station being a page of a book. “A Brush with Nature” is an all-ages collection of poetry and paintings that tells the story of a red-tail hawk soaring over the landscape and through the seasons. Both the writing and illustration are inspired by actual forests, prairies, wetlands, and rivers found in east central Indiana that are preserved by Red-tail Land Conservancy.
The Union City Plein Air Painters is a group of both amateur and professional artists from Indiana and Ohio that experiment with painting landscapes while outdoors. For “A Brush with Nature,” the painters group visited Red-tail’s nature preserves. Some of the preserves featured in the book have trails open to the public like McVey Memorial Forest near Farmland, IN.
“We are a library, and as such, noted for providing books, access to computers, and various services, so a storywalk may seem like a novel undertaking” said Lawrence Sexton, Union City Public Library’s Director. “But a program that melds literature and visual arts fits well within our mission.”
Visitors can experience the self-guided storywalk from Wednesday, September 8 to Monday, October 11 from dawn to dusk on the front lawn of Union City Public Library at 408 N. Columbia St. Afterwards, they can check out “A Brush with Nature” from the library.
Sexton continued, “We invite everyone to come and partake of a relaxing walk within the open greenspace of our grounds among the trees and flowers, while reading and enjoying this illustrated book, as an opportunity to reflect on the union of nature and the arts.”
Questions about the exhibit can be directed to Union City Public Library at (765) 964-4748 or Director@unioncity.lib.in.us.
UNION CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY provides educational, civic, recreational, and informational materials to the residents and businesses located in the Union City, Indiana community service area. Visit https://unioncity.lib.in.us/ for more information.