A creative way to get your Library out into the community, Developed by the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition to promote outdoor activity for kids, and is a combination of an engaging story, a scavenger hunt, and a walk around town. The basic design requires a book that can be taken apart, with pages laminated and placed on stakes along a pre-arranged walking path, but think of even wider possibilities:
The StoryWalk® Project
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. All usage of the StoryWalk® mark must comply with these guidelines, and must be limited to use in connection with educational, noncommercial projects consistent with the StoryWalk®Project mission to promote literacy.
- Partner with some local businesses to help defray costs or encourage participation during another event.
- Design mini-games to supplement the walk along the way, incorporating activities involving city parks, wildlife trails, or other interesting landmarks in town or at school.
- Instead of a story for older participants, create a walk involving local history, using items from your historical photo or document collections.
- Have volunteers dress up as characters along the route, offering information or help along the way.
- Make sure you end the STORYWALK® at your library (with treats and/or prizes) to encourage walkers to check out related materials or to participate in another activity, like a craft, that reinforces the theme of the walk.