Story Walk in Jorgens Park Preserve
Families can enjoy the Scandinavia Public Library's story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve and then stop by the library to pick up a special Grab & Go activity kit to help us celebrate National Postal Workers Day on July 1st!
Located near the northeastern edge of Silver Lake in Scandinavia, the story walk is a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning east of the park's picnic pavilion. As families walk the trail, they will enjoy reading pages from a children's picture book that have been placed along the trail.
Combining literacy with outdoor activity, the story walk is a great way to enjoy some meaningful family-bonding time!
Currently on the story walk is "The Lonely Mailman" by Susanna Isern and Daniel Montero Galán. "Each day the faithful mailman delivers special letters to the forest animals. But the mailman has never received any letters of his own. Then one day everything changes... This touching story of friendship and love will delight readers and letter writers of all ages." This book will be available to read from June 16 through approximately July 7
Coordinating with "The Lonely Mailman," the Scandinavia Library is also promoting National Postal Workers Day, celbrarted on July 1st. Anyone can pick up a free kit from the library containing cards, envelopes, paper, stickers, stamps, and more. Use the cards as-is, or use the supplies provided to decorate a card or make a unique card of your own! Stickers and other items can be used for decorating, or tucked inside the card as a treat for the recipient. Write a card to give to your favorite mail carrier or post office worker, and send more cards to your family and friends. Cards can also be brought to the library fo Librarian Meredith to deliver to area post offices on July 1. Ideas for additional teaching prompts are also included for children's caregivers.
The story walk runs from late March through early November each year and features books of all types, from classic to new, and even non-fiction. A new book is put up about every three weeks.
If there's a book that you'd like to see on the story walk, please let us know!
The story walk was named "Walk with Donnie" in honor of Donnie Jensen, who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member. "Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park," said Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. "It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life." Donnie passed away in 2016.