There’s a new StoryWalk®in Yellow Springs. What’s a StoryWalk®? It’s a path with pages from a picture book posted along the way. You can go for a walk while reading a story. Sound intriguing? Here’s how to take a StoryWalk®.
Start at Mills Lawn School near the main entrance at 200 South Walnut Street. Find a post with a picture frame on top of it. Look for number one in the corner. Read the picture book pages and enjoy the illustrations.
Look around for stand number two. Walk to it—or hop, skip, roll, cartwheel, zoom, or fly. Read and enjoy the pictures. Get hooked on the story so the plot propels you through all sixteen of the other stands. Reading and walking, you’ll exercise your both your brain and your muscles. You can race back to the beginning and enjoy the story over and over. And in a couple of months, you can discover a new and different story.
The new Yellow Springs StoryWalk® is an outreach collaboration between Greene County Public Library, the Yellow Springs Library Association, and Yellow Springs Schools. The Library Association purchased the stands; GCPL installed the stands and will maintain the stands and stories; and Mills Lawn School provided—well—Mills Lawn! In addition, third graders from the school worked to select the path for the StoryWalk®.
The StoryWalk® is all hard surface and should be accessible for strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and other modes of ambulation assistance, and your feet should stay dry, even on a dewy morning. For best results, visit the StoryWalk® with young children—but if you’re young at heart, you can enjoy a stroll and a story at any age.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.