Deschutes Public Library launches summer-long ‘StoryWalk’ program


The Deschutes Public Library is taking reading to the streets…well, sidewalk anyway…with its summer-long StoryWalk program.

StoryWalk is an outdoor reading experience whereby a children’s book is deconstructed and the pages of the book are posted along a walking path near the library.

Read, sing and play outside while enjoying a children’s book to help young readers develop a strong vocabulary, passion for reading and familiarity with sounding out words.

“The StoryWalk project is a great use of the library’s exterior that allows for an interactive reading experience,” says youth services supervisor Chandra vanEijnsbergen. “Children are naturally drawn to the colorful pages and they are just the right height for toddlers. Moreover, it is a great tool to promote literacy, physical activity and family time.”

Beginning May 18, a featured StoryWalk will be on display for readers of all ages.

Find a different story at each Deschutes Public Library location (Downtown Bend, East Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, and La Pine) available through the summer.

“It’s a great initiative to develop early literacy skills for young readers,” said vanEijnsbergen. “Even if your child is not yet reading, they will enjoy the outdoor adventure and it’s a great family activity to help them prepare for the years ahead.”


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