Library News: Enjoy the new StoryWalk at Gregory Park
We at the Garfield County Libraries are always looking for ways to work with our community in order to promote literacy. To that end, we are excited to announce we have a new presence in West Glenwood Springs with the addition of StoryWalk Glenwood Springs at the beautiful Gregory Park. StoryWalk is a self-directed learning opportunity that places a children’s story (a deconstructed picture book) with fun activities along a trail or in a park. It provides a way to help build children’s interest in reading and encourage healthy activity in families.
Providing informal learning experiences is vital to developing strong, confident learners outside of school. With this new StoryWalk, we are providing a gateway for parents and caregivers to start conversations, bond and apply skills in real world (or make believe) situations. In creating this free activity that is open to all, the libraries are supporting active living, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for children, encouraging the development of family reading habits, and providing a gateway activity to connect children with the outdoors. The benefits of outdoor play are well-researched, and children who spend more time playing outdoors are “fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, have more active imaginations, have lower stress levels, play more creatively, have greater respect for themselves and others,” and increase their vitamin D intake (Head Start Body Start, 2014).
The inaugural StoryWalk book is titled “If I Had a Dragon / Si yo tuviera un Dragón” by Tom and Amanda Ellery. The story tells of a young boy who doesn’t want to play with his little brother so he instead imagines that his brother is a dragon. By using a bilingual book, we hope StoryWalk will appeal to a diverse audience including families that speak Spanish at home, English language learners, and families that are interested in early literacy and language acquisition. The current story will be up through the fall, and when the snow begins to fly a new book will arrive. Visit the park anytime (rain or shine) to enjoy the book.
To celebrate this new community asset, please join library staff at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Gregory Park (115 Center Drive) for a special bilingual storytime at the StoryWalk.
This project was made possible through a LiveWell Garfield County grant, support from the city of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department, and much hard work and expertise from Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club volunteers and Garfield County Libraries’ staff. Thank you to all involved.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.
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