BCLS is celebrating one year of StoryWalk®, a permanent, outdoor installation created to promote physical activity, early literacy and family time together in nature.
Located at the Burlington County Library, StoryWalk® consists of 20 pedestals installed along a mesmerizing natural trail around the amphitheater. Each pedestal displays laminated pages of a picture book, with active reading tips that help promote early literacy and questions for interactive fun. It’s not only an educational experience, but an enjoyable attraction that nurtures the joy of reading with family. And, since it’s seasonal, StoryWalk® engages readers with different aspects of nature around them, often with a connection to the featured book’s content.
It’s been a very exciting year! Readers had fun in the forest with Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson, explored a diverse world in the city with Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, and said Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn with a story by Kenard Pak. Readers also learned about encouraging their friends to do art with The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and finding their own space in the world with All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman.
This installation, created at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont, has successfully benefited thousands of readers during the past 12 months thanks to the help of the Friends of the Burlington County Library, Inc. and the Burlington County Parks Division.