East Granby Public Library and Land Trust Unveil New Story Trail

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Local twin sisters enjoying the East Granby Story Trail. Submitted photo

East Granby has opened its first story trail at the East Granby Land Trust’s Ian Clark Preserve. Family hikers are welcome to explore the half-mile loop and enjoy the story, When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree, by Suffield author, Jamie L. B. Deenihan and illustrated by Lorraine Rocha. The story trail helps build children’s interest in reading, while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for children and their families.

The book, When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree, is about making the best out of an unwanted situation—familiar to everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. The book is about finding the silver lining, working hard, connecting with community and helping others along the way.

Deenihan wrote the book while her husband, Ricky, battled cancer. Sadly, Ricky passed away recently. To honor Ricky, other brain cancer patients and childhood cancer patients everywhere gold and silver ribbons have been hung from each story post on the trail. You will also see gold and silver ribbons incorporated into the story’s illustrations.

In gratitude for the Story Trail and in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September), Deenihan donated 20 signed copies of her book to childhood cancer patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on behalf of the East Granby Public Library and the East Granby Land Trust.

The story trail will be on display until the end of November at the Ian Clark Preserve located directly across from 140 Kimberly Rd in East Granby. The story trail is brought to you by the East Granby Public Library and the East Granby Land Trust.

The East Granby Public Library passionately advocates for lifelong learning, and believes that libraries can bring people together, even when they have to keep their distance.

Author Jamie L. B. Deenihan and her sons, Nathan and Alex, holding a picture in memory of Ricky by the Story Trail. Submitted photo