StoryWalk Debuts in Northampton for Arts Night Out
Barbara Black, Northampton Public Schools Early Childhood Coordinator, writes:
StoryWalk™ is an exciting initiative that combines a children’s story with a popular walking route. The idea was developed in September, 2007 by Anne Ferguson, a volunteer with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition.
Here’s how it works:
We selected a children’s book, separated the pages, laminated them, and attached them to wooden stakes. We will then either post the stakes along an outdoor walking route or in shop windows – giving families with young children the chance to walk, talk, and read together!
Readers follow the story as they walk the route. It’s a great way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children on a short stroll that will be fun for all. StoryWalk™ helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both adults and children.
And, now we are doing StoryWalk™ in Northampton! Sponsored by the Northampton Public Schools, Community Partnerships for Children Council, Parents Center, and Lilly Library, there will be two StoryWalks on Friday, July 8 – and more in the planning stages.
Details for July 8:
July “Arts Night Out” – the pages of a story will be in shop windows along the north side of Main St. – starting at Broadside Books and ending at Ben and Bill’s Chocolates.
Jackson St. Farmers’ Market – the Tuesday Farmer’s Market is trying out a Farmers’ Market at Hampshire Heights (Jackson St. and Bridge Rd.) from 3 to 7 PM on Friday July 8. A StoryWalk will be posted along Jackson St. and near the Farmers’ Market.
Please join us!
For further information, contact Barbara Black at firstname.lastname@example.org