StoryWalk sure to be fun for all ages in Greensburg

Jennifer Stultz
Lori Blackburn and Caroline Gamble view a page of the StoryWalk posted on a window at the Kiowa County Library in Greensburg.

Kiowa County Library has partnered with another county organization to bring the first StoryWalk® to Kiowa County. The event will run from May 5 through May 31.

The StoryWalk® is a literacy and exercise activity for children and families. Pages of a children’s book will be displayed in the windows of local businesses on Main Street. The book for May will be “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. The route begins at Kiowa County Schools (710 S. Main, Greensburg) and continues north. Families are encouraged to read the book as they walk the route.

“We are very excited to bring the first StoryWalk® to our community! Our plan is to display a new book each month throughout the summer,” said director Cassie Gamble. “We ask that everyone practice social distancing while enjoying the StoryWalk® by staying six feet away from others. Get outside, get some fresh air, and see where Max’s imagination takes him!”

Participants are invited to share photos of themselves completing the StoryWalk® on Facebook with the hashtag #StoryWalkKiowaCounty. Photos will count as entries into a drawing for copies of the book and other prizes.

Pratt Research and Extension Office also sponsors StoryWalk opportunities in Pratt, setting up story pages along the sidewalks of Lemon Park in Pratt. Visitors can read and exercise, while enjoying fresh air and social distancing in the park.

“Sheep Take a Hike” and “Give a Pig a Pancake” have been the featured books so far at the Pratt park, according to Pratt County Extension Agent Jodi Drake.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.