Canandaigua Story Walk at Baker Park Celebration June 25

Wood Library, Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, and the City of Canandaigua invite the public to a celebration to kick-off Canandaigua’s first-ever permanent story walk at Baker Park.  The celebration will take place at Baker Park, Buffalo Street, in Canandaigua, from 6:00-8:00PM.  Activities will include:  a ribbon cutting, recognition of donors, a story walk featuring Hank’s Big Day by Evan Kuhlman with illustrations by Chuck Groenink, a scavenger hunt, refreshments, and crafts.  The event is free and family-friendly.  The rain date will be Thursday, June 28, 2018.

“We are thrilled to offer this innovative family literacy resource to the community,” states Wood Library’s Executive Director Jenny Goodemote.  “The StoryWalk at Baker Park is located in a perfect place for families to gather, enjoy the park, get some fresh air and exercise, and read a story together.”

Funding for the project comes from the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Canandaigua, the Friends of Wood Library, Dr. Felix Tao, an anonymous donor, and nearly three dozen individuals who responded to the call for donations during a 2017 ROCtheDay fundraising promotion.  The City of Canandaigua Department of Public Works installed the story boards in the park.

Communities across the country have established permanent story walks as a way to encourage people to get outside and exercise while enjoying children’s books.  The concept of a story walk was created by Anne Ferguson, of Montpelier, VT.  She is a specialist in chronic disease prevention for the Vermont Department of Health and believes that getting people outside and moving improves their physical and mental health.  Story walks offer the combined value of exercise, fresh air, reading, and family-time. Her concept is brilliant in its simplicity.

According to Wood Library’s Children’s Librarian Mary Ferris, “Story walks are so much fun.  We’ve wanted to bring one to Canandaigua for some time.”  Wood Library will change out the stories each month, so readers have something to look forward to.  Ferris encourages everyone to visit Baker Park in July to walk the path and read the story of Hank, the adventurous pill bug.  “Children are going to fall in love with this bug,” she says.

Wood Library is a full-service community library offering programs and services in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, and connect to the local community and to the world.

Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who empower adults and families to improve literacy skills, achieve personal goals and participate fully in the workplace and community.

For more information, go to woodlibrary.org or call 585-394-1381.