Now open! StoryWalk® in Klutho Park!Looking for StoryWalk Survey?
StoryWalk® is a fun and educational tool for children and adults to enjoy literacy, physical activity and the outdoors all at the same time. A StoryWalk® is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. Those pages are spread throughout the park so that community members can engage in reading children’s books in a unique environment.
We are excited to announce that our first StoryWalk® features the children’s book Over in a River, Flowing out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes. Pages from this book will be mounted on posts in Klutho Park allowing visitors to walk along the path, read the story, and participate in engaging learning activities that build essential literacy skills. Watch the video below featuring a special message from the author herself, Marianne Berkes.
Photos of the brand new StoryWalk® in Klutho Park!
To view more photos of StoryWalk® in Klutho Park courtesy of the Mayor's Public Information Office (Matt Kingston videographer, Wes Lester photographer), click here.
StoryWalk® was created by the Jacksonville Public Library in partnership with the City of Jacksonville Parks, Recreation and Community Services department and the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) Council. The project was funded through a grant by the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN).
If you visit StoryWalk and take photos of your own, be sure to tag us @jaxlibrary and use the hashtag #storywalkjax!
Feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Where is StoryWalk®?
Located in Klutho Park. Participants are encouraged to use the side parking lot located at the intersection of Boulevard Street and W. 2nd Street.
- How long is StoryWalk®?
StoryWalk® is about .3 of a mile. There are 17 post to be read in total.
- How long will StoryWalk® be available?
StoryWalk® is a permanent installation. Books will be changed out at the beginning of each quarter of the year except for the first installation that will run from Sept. 2020 thru Dec. 2020.
- What is the name of the first book?
The first book is Over in a River, Flowing out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes.
- How do I get a free book?
Complete the StoryWalk® and then visit us at the Children’s department at the Main Library. Let a staff member know that you completed the StoryWalk® and would like the free book. Staff will ask for you to fill out a survey and provide either an email address or your library card number. Then you receive a free book.
- If I have two or more children will they each get a free book?
While we would love to give a book to every child, we have limited supplies. We ask for each family to just take one book per household.
History of StoryWalk®
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition 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.
StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! They are always received with appreciation.
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