Photo via Beardsley and Memorial LIbrary's Facebook Page.
Photo via Beardsley and Memorial LIbrary's Facebook Page.
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WINSTED/PRESS RELEASE — The Beardsley Library is pleased to announce that with the help of Winsted’s Recreation Department, they have installed a StoryWalk on the Winsted end of the Sue Grossman Trail off of Torrington Road. A StoryWalk is an innovative, energetic way for young children to experience the enjoyment of reading and the outdoors at the same time. It allows families to enjoy time in nature while encouraging early literacy and healthy habits.
Large, laminated pages from a children’s picture book were attached to the wooden rails along the path. As families follow the trail, they encounter the next page in the story. The last page of the book contains a QR code that can be scanned by an adult to open a form where the children can share their experience on Beardsley’s website. The book will be changed periodically by the library staff.
Carol Parent, from the Children’s Department of the library, and Library Director, Karin Taylor, were working on plans to install the StoryWalk last spring, but the plans were put on hold because of the pandemic. They are very excited to finally make this happen. The official opening day for the StoryWalk is set for Saturday, April 10, and library staff will be there from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with grab-and-go bags with a snack and prize for all the children that come to enjoy the story. The rain date is April 17.
People are reminded to practice social distancing while enjoying the StoryWalk.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, back in 2007 and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. They can now be found in all 50 states and in 13 different countries across the world. Storywalk is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
For more information, contact Carol Parent in the Children’s Department at 860-379-6043 or send an email to director@beardsleylibrary.org.

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