Story Walk

In partnership with the Friends of the Library, the Library brings you the Story Walk, a page-by-page reading and walking journey at local parks. Each stop on the Story Walk offers a fun reading activity designed to build literacy skills while having fun as a family.


Monroe County Story Walk Locations

Everybunny Dance! by Ellie SandallFlatwoods Park: 9499 Flatwoods Road, Gosport, in partnership with Monroe County Parks & Recreation

Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne ThongRev. Ernest D. Butler Park: 812 W. Ninth Street, Bloomington, in partnership with Bloomington Parks & Recreation

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

Throughout the Library’s Story Walks, you will see icons for Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play with coordinating activity suggestions to help encourage the growth of early literacy skills.

TalkChildren learn about language by listening to parents and adults talk and by joining in the conversation. Hearing and joining in on talking and conversation not only builds language fluency, but also builds important background knowledge for kids.
SingWith singing, kids can learn new words and information, develop listening skills, and phonological awareness. Because singing slows down language so children can hear the individual sounds that make up a word it strengthens their phonological awareness.
ReadReading together, or shared reading, is the single most important activity caregivers can do with their children. It develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love of reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.
WriteChildren learn about letters, words and stories when given the chance to try writing on their own. This is the gateway to writing. When a child signs their name on a piece of paper, even if it is scribbling, they are learning that they can write something that represents their name.
PlayChildren learn about language through play. More than that, playing builds conceptual knowledge of the world, words are able to map onto concepts, it engages children in problem-solving, and it fosters important social interactions.

A StoryWalk is a self-guided, outdoor reading experience whereby a children’s book is deconstructed and the pages of the book are laminated and placed on wooden stakes or in permanent kiosks along a walking trail.

The Story Walk is funded by Friends of the Library's Carol R. Nicholas Endowment for Strategic Initiatives.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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