Read a book while strolling through a local park as part of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County’s Library StoryWalk program.

Starting September 1, families are encouraged to combine early literacy with the outdoors by visiting Steubenville Beatty Park and following the pages of a children’s book from the library.  Laminated pages from a children’s story book are adhered to yard-sign stakes and installed along a self-guided path.  As your family walks along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the book.

“Library StoryWalk is an innovative and fun way to combine enjoying the outdoors and reading at the same time,” explained Library Assistant Sarita Asawa.  Sarita, who initiated the program for the library with the Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department, said StoryWalk® is an international program that was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont.  StoryWalk has been recreated in all 50 states as well as 12 countries including Germany, England, and South Korea.

The featured book is Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak and will be on the walking path at Beatty Park September 1 through October.  The book is geared for children in grades preschool through first grade but families with children of all ages are welcome to walk and read.

The library is looking to make this an on-going program by replacing a new book each season.  Sarita added that this program is a great way to enjoy our local parks, get families moving together while reading and observing social distancing.

To begin reading the book in September, drive to the back of Beatty Park, park your vehicle, then follow the yard-sign stakes located over the bridge.  Of course a library card is not needed to participate but recommended for future family enjoyment