Urbandale Launches StoryWalk® Program with Ribbon Cutting on June 10
Urbandale, IA – May 28, 2014 – Urbandale Parks and Recreation and the Urbandale Public Library are teaming up to offer StoryWalk®, a nationally recognized program to encourage literacy and promote physical activity. A ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the project is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet at the bridge in Walker Johnston Park. Mayor Bob Andeweg will share opening remarks.
StoryWalk transforms the pages of a children’s storybook into signs placed sequentially along walking trails and in parks. Urbandale’s StoryWalk begins along the trail behind the library at 3520 86th Street and continues around the pond at Walker Johnston Park, 9800 Douglas Avenue. A different story will be featured each month April through October.
“We hope this project will encourage young children and families to use the trails and parks, as well as encourage reading and literacy in a unique and fun way,” said Jan Herke, Urbandale Parks and Recreation Director.
The StoryWalk project was created by Ann Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Urbandale’s StoryWalk is being sponsored by the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department and the Urbandale Public Library.
Julie Wells, Urbandale Public Library Director, says “the Library is always excited to offer different ways for children to discover how much fun reading can be. When we learned about this project, we knew we needed to create one for our community. Showcasing books which feature the irresistible combination of engaging stories, colorful illustrations, and physical activities is a perfect way to promote reading to children.”