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Look for three new Story Walks Funded by GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope Grant

Thank you GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for funding three new story walks. Look for them at these locations.

Tot Lot

231 Complex Drive

Boone, NC 28679


West Jefferson Park

201 South Church Street

West Jefferson, NC 28694


Fish Dam Creek Park

Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir

499 Reservoir Road

Wilkesboro, NC 28679

What are StoryWalks?

The StoryWalk® program is an innovative idea that brings books out of the library to well-populated outdoor spaces in the community. StoryWalk® promotes reading and libraries in a non-traditional environment, allowing families to combine reading a story with physical activity. The program gives children the opportunity to develop literacy skills while playing, and the whole family can partake in fun, healthy outdoor exercise.

A StoryWalk® consists of pages that have been removed from a picture book and glued onto posters, which are then staged outside the library, in a park, or other walkable public space. Most of the posters contain two pages, side-by-side, and are arranged so that participants can read a story from beginning to end while walking along a path. Each "page" of the StoryWalk® that we create in the Appalachian Regional Library system contains a Literacy Tip and an Activity Prompt to take advantage of the interactive nature of this project.

Meet the Creator: Anne Ferguson

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.