Harriet Island, Kelley’s Landing
August 18, 2013
2 – 4 p.m. FREE!
No arm-twisting is necessary to get our kids out the door to the park or to pick up a book (and coincidentally, we’ve had a peaceful, satisfying summer!) So here’s what I find so cool about the StoryWalk program, which unites these classic indoor-outdoor summer activities: it turns us on to new (to us) authors and takes us to parks not normally on our radar.
Hidden Falls Regional Park, for instance, hosted the bilingual Perros! Perros! Dogs! Dogs! by Ginger Fogleson Guy last month. Colorful pages from the story were mounted along a path in the park. Kids are free to read along (or be read to) at their own pace. Because I knew our children would want plenty of time to romp around the park, we packed a picnic dinner and made an evening of it. The park’s namesake falls are a secret retreat that can lend the feeling of being far from the confines of the city.
Three StoryWalks in St. Paul remain on the St. Paul Public Library schedule:
Date: August 18, 2013, 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Harriet Island, Kelley’s Landing
Book: One Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova
Date: August 25, 2-4 p.m
Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park
Book: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Date: September 22, 2-4 p.m.
Location: Mississippi River Boulevard & Summit Ave.
Book: Leaves by David Ezra Stein
For a link to these StoryWalk locations, click here. Can’t make these times? Don’t be surprised if the program carries over into the fall and winter as it did in 2012. Additionally, the University of Minnesota National Children’s Study has hosted StoryWalks throughout the year. Keep an eye out for further dates at your local St. Public Library branch or the City of St. Paul website.
About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.