Monday, October 19, 2015

Saturday's StoryWalk

Thank you to all of our Carolina Friends School and Durham Academy families that came out to Eno River State Park this past Saturday to participate in our StoryWalk! 

Background Story:
Over the summer, Michelle Rosen (Durham Academy Lower School Librarian) and I met for coffee and decided that we should do a joint reading event together. I had heard of the StoryWalk idea at a conference I attended the previous school year, and we both felt it would be a fabulous collaboration. 

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Since its creation, StoryWalks have spread across the country to 48 states and even globally to five different countries! 

For our StoryWalk, we chose the picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. What better book to read while taking a walk in the woods than a book about taking a walk in the woods?! 

We were thrilled to see so many families come out to spend the afternoon in the park. We estimated about 100 of our own school folks walking the trail and reading the story, but of course, it was open to the public as well!

We were also thankful to partner with Keith Nealson, Superintendent of the Eno River State Park and husband to CFS teacher Mars, who shared information about the wildlife found at the Eno. A main attraction to his table was a stuffed fox as well as an activity to try to "peck" as quickly as a woodpecker.

We also had an arts&crafts table with Gruffalo coloring pages, a mask, and origami bookmarks. I spent much of my time at this table teaching students how fold their bookmarks and add embellishments to their monsters. Right next door was a Gruffalo plush toy raffle and animal tattoos. Fun for the whole family! 

If you missed the fun this time around, be sure to subscribe to the blog for updates on the next library event! 

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