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Library StoryWalk starts Tuesday

LET’S GO — Library Assistant Sarita Asawa of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County at Beatty Park holds one of the signs that participants will follow at Beatty Park in Steubenville as part of the Library StoryWalk to begin in September. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents can 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 Tuesday, 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 a family walks along the path, they’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 Sarita Asawa, library assistant. Asawa, 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, Vt. 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 starting Tuesday and continuing 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 ongoing program by replacing a new book each season. The program is “a great way to enjoy our local parks, get families moving together while reading and observing social distancing,” according to Asawa.

“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.”

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