hat do you get when you combine nature, walking, and reading? A StoryWalk! Watch your child’s love of reading come to life in a new and unique approach to celebrating literacy! Walk at your own pace through the beautiful parks of Anoka County while following the pages of a children’s story right on the path. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with literacy, nature, and health related activities after your walk.
“Children learn in many ways,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board liaison Jim Kordiak. “Allowing them to not only hear the words, but see them and touch them in the natural setting described in the literature will not only help the story take hold, but create a lasting experience not soon forgotten.”
StoryWalk is a partnership between Anoka County Parks and Recreation, Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services and the Anoka County Library. The schedule for fall StoryWalks include:
Fall is Not Easy  by Marty Kelley
Kordiak County Park
Sunday, Oct.7, 2012, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet by Joe Rossi and David LaRochelle
Rum River North County Park
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Wargo Nature Center, Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, 2:00pm-4:00pm
StoryWalks are free and open to the public. This program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. All outdoor programs are weather dependent - programs may be canceled due to extreme weather. If the program is canceled information will be posted at www.anokacountylibrary.org .
The original StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.