Hastings, NE The Hastings Public Library hosted it's first annual Back to School Bash Saturday. During the festivities, the library was awarded a grant.
Dozens of children and parents came to the Hastings Public Library to celebrate the beginning of the Fall.
"We just wanted to celebrate that transition from Summer and Summer reading into getting people geared up for reading activities in the fall and getting ready for school," said Amy Greenland, the Library Director.
In the midst of all the games and reading, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska gave the library a $10,000 grant.
"We feel it's important to make investments into our communities for Health and Wellness across our state, so today the walk that they're going to be putting together, we're supporting them in funding some of the materials," said Rob Trebilcock, the Director of Community Engagement and Creative Services for Blue Cross Blue Shield
The grant will be used to create story walks in Lake Hastings Park and Lincoln Park. They'll give families the opportunity to get outside and read together.
"Families of all sizes, shapes and ages can walk along on a path and read the book and sometimes there's an activity that goes from one page to the other, but the idea is to be reading together as a family, get outside, enjoy the outdoors and enjoy our parks here in Hastings," said Greenfield.
The idea of getting the whole family together to exercise is what made Hastings library stand out, and it's the reason why they got one of the 8 grants this year.
"It's exercise, it's education, and it's kids and it's outdoors and usually when you're taking your kid's outdoors, you're probably taking the whole entire family too so it's kind of a collaborative effort," said Trebilcock.
The story walks will be completed in the Fall.
Hastings library was selected out of a group of 54 companies that applied for the grant.