On Saturday we hosted our first-ever Storywalk! You’ve heard of it, right? Children and their families follow a trail outdoors where book pages are displayed on signs throughout the trail. It’s the perfect way to blend literacy and physical activity, and it’s also a great way to partner with local organizations. Storywalk was created by Anne Ferguson in Vermont in 2007, and many libraries (and other community organizations) have created their own Storywalk too.
To pull this program off successfully, our library partnered with the park district as well as a local children’s museum. The story we chose to tell was Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Our Storywalk was held at our city’s Riverwalk, a popular walking area downtown next to the river and across the street from our library. It took place from 10:00am-12:00pm. At the beginning of the program, our staff handed out maps to participants, listing 26 stops throughout the trail. 25 of those stops included enlarged storybook pages along a designated path, and the final stop gave families a chance to get refreshments and play with interactive tinker toys brought by the children’s museum.
It was a chilly day, but the abundance of sunshine made up for the cooler weather. We had over 200 individuals enjoy our Storywalk during the two-hour period that we offered it. The resounding success and interest from our patrons has already encouraged us to look into offering Storywalk all summer-long next year, and possibly offering it at more than one location!
For more ideas, take a look at these successful Storywalks done by other libraries:
- Making your first Storywalk successful, written by the Vermont Library Association
- ALSC wrote a blog post detailing a Storywalk put on by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library
- Northborough (Massachusetts) shared Linda Brown’s The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- Show Me Librarian shares her experience offering Storywalk, with Peter Brown’s The Curious Garden