StoryWalk Debuts in Northampton for Arts Night Out

StoryWalk debuts at this month's Arts Night Out in Downtown Northampton of Friday, July 8th.

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 bblack@northampton-k12.us

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