Every year the library provides StoryWalks® for the Hanna Branch and Kesling Park. A StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time!
Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to posts which are installed along an outdoor path. As you walk down the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Kesling Park StoryWalk®
Kesling displays 6 different stories from May to October each year. Here are the books for this year:
May: Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry
June: Roar Like a Dandelion by Ruth Krauss
July: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
August: We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
September: Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman
October: Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin
Hanna Branch StoryWalk®
The Hanna Branch will have stories as well as community contributions from March to December each year. Here is the schedule:
March: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
April: Chickabella and the Rainbow Magic by Veronica Strachan
May: Community Idea – Make/Draw/Sketch/Find pictures and then write a poem about the picture. The StoryWalk® will display the created poems and pictures for the month.
June: The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
July: Community Idea – Fill in Animal Mad Libs that deal with the Summer Reading Program – Tails and Tales. Then create a funny picture to go along with your Mad Lib. The Mad Libs and pictures will be displayed in the StoryWalk® for the month.
August/September: We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Make sure you check out the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways Exhibition, August 14 – September 26 at the Rolling Prairie Branch. The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.
October: The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
November/December: Community Idea – Family Traditions – Write about family traditions throughout the year focusing on Holidays you celebrate. Provide a copy of a picture to go along with the family tradition. The picture could be a photograph or drawn picture.
StoryWalks® are a great way to spend time outside together reading. We look forward to seeing you at the Hanna Branch StoryWalk®. As you can see, new things will be added on a regular basis!