Thursday, March 15, 2018

StoryWalk 2.0

I first wrote about StoryWalk when the concept debuted at Independence Park in September 2017. Here are three new reasons to consider this enriching, worthwhile activity.
First, a refresher. StoryWalk is a collaboration between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Read Charlotte.
The concept is both brilliant and simple: A children's book is displayed page-by-page on laminated posts along a paved walking path. To read the story, you follow the trail. And each sign offers Active Reading techniques to help improve vocabulary, language skills and reading comprehension. There's a scavenger-hunt element that keeps the kids on their toes.

Younger kids will enjoy hearing you read the story as they bound between the signs. Beginner readers will enjoy the challenge of reading it themselves. And older kids, along with their younger peers, can engage with the Active Reading prompts that accompany each page.

Here's what's new:
  • The Independence Park StoryWalk has a new book on display: Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
  • A StoryWalk has been added to Seversville Park, just west of Uptown. The book on display at Seversville is Wolfie the Bunny, by Ame Dyckman. 
  • And, on March 26, a new StoryWalk will debut at Grier Heights Park. We plan to be there for it's grand opening!
It's a novel and delightful way to enjoy reading as a family. As an adult who loves to read but also sometimes struggles to sit still, now I wish they'd make a StoryWalk for grown-ups!
How to get there:
Independence Park is located at 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28204. The StoryWalk starts at the playground and winds its way along the walking path toward Hawthorne Lane away from town and ends back at the playground. Here's a park map.
Seversville Park is located at 530 Bruns Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208. The StoryWalk circles the area around the picnic shelter.
Grier Heights Park is located at 3110 Leroy St., Charlotte, NC 28205. Here's a park map.
Don't forget to pack:
  • Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: All three parks offer little shade.
  • Water and snacks: Independence Park and Seversville Park have playgrounds and all three parks have picnic tables if you want to stay and make an afternoon of it.

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