The StoryWalk Project
The StoryWalk® Project is coming to Alamance County! StoryWalk® is, “an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story” (1).
The StoryWalk® Project was first developed by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont to encourage reading while enjoying physical activity. Last year, the Education Division of Community Council, sponsored by United Way of Alamance County, began discussing StoryWalk® after hearing interest from several partners and stakeholders. A committee was formed to explore the possibilities of implementing the project. After a series of meetings, the outdoor track at the Mayco Bigelow Center at North Park in Burlington was chosen to be the first location for a StoryWalk®. This site is being funded through a student philanthropy grant at Elon University from the Citrone Family. The dream to bring The StoryWalk® Project to Alamance County is becoming a reality!
The project will have 16 stations of outdoor signage that will hold a children’s picture book. The book will be taken apart and mounted on each of the individual signs. Each station will be separated by about 20-40 paces to encourage participants to experience the story by walking through the park. This not only helps to build literacy skills, but provides an active, outdoor experience for families. Thanks to a partnership with Alamance County Public Libraries, the book will be changed throughout the year to keep the StoryWalk fun and exciting for repeat participants.
We hope to secure additional locations throughout the county! If you are interested in becoming a host site or sponsor, please contact April Durr, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Alamance County.
The StoryWalk committee members are very excited to continue this project in order to promote a culture of reading and healthy living in Alamance!
For more information about StoryWalks® visit Boston Children’s Museum.
Thank you to the StoryWalk® Initial Planning Committee: United Way of Alamance County, Alamance County Public Libraries, Elon University, Alamance Citizens for Education, Burlington Recreation & Parks, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
(1) Kellogg Hubbard Library. (n.d.). StoryWalk. Retrieved March 04, 2016, from http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk