Monday 20 August 2012


Imagine this.. you are walking through a pretty park with the kids. Suddenly, you see some signs. The kids run over and start to read, then they start to jump and run in big zig-zags. Well, you don't have to imagine too hard, because that is exactly what happens when you experience StoryWalk. What is StoryWalk, you ask?

In Bridgetown's Jubilee Park and at the Community Park in Port Williams, you can see for yourself.  And we have a few sets of StoryWalk that can be loaned to community groups in the Valley, as well. StoryWalk was originally conceived of and implemented in Vermont. In a nutshell, StoryWalk is a picture book on signs that are placed along a walking path. Here in the Annapolis Valley, our book is Juba This, Juba That by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Ron Lightburn. Lightburn lives near Kentville, and has been a great supporter of the project, as has the publisher, Tundra Books.

The project was made possible by grants from the Wellness Initiative Fund from the Community Health Boards, and by Active Kids Healthy Kids.  How can you go wrong with a book and active play wrapped up in a public art display? StoryWalk combines literacy, art, active fun, and time spent outdoors. There's nothing more satisfying to a children's librarian than seeing a group of children (and adults) running, jumping, and singing as they enjoy a book outside in the park.

If you haven't had a chance to see our StoryWalk, make a point of visiting Bridgetown or Port Williams this summer. You can even win copies of the book by filling out an evaluation form. Bring the kids and enjoy a day at the park! If I haven't convinced you yet, take a peek at this little video to see how much fun it can be.

--Angela J. Reynolds,
Head of Youth Services

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