Follow a Storywalk Trail at four parks during Earth Week

We’re pleased to be partnering with the Seattle Public Library on this fun project for Earth Week:

Reading and the outdoors go together like kids and playgrounds! During Earth Week, from Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24, The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks and Recreation are bringing you StoryWalks® in four parks around Seattle. From Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx) near the Duwamish Longhouse to the wetlands of Magnuson Park to Genesee Park to Northacres Park, children and families can follow the trail and read along to great picture books.

A StoryWalk® is an outdoor reading experience: A picture book is installed on signposts along a walking route, where families can read along as they walk (or hop or skip) and enjoy the outdoors. A StoryWalk® is a perfect outdoor activity in the era of social distancing, encouraging reading, imagination, fitness and exploring your community.

The four StoryWalks® installed during Earth Week feature culturally relevant picture books that seek to highlight diverse characters and experiences while emphasizing our shared connection to the natural world through lively storylines and vivid illustrations.

  • Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx), 4570 West Marginal Way S.W., Seattle. Offered in partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse. Book: We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
  • Genesee Park (Upper Field parking lot), 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle. Book: Harlem Grown, by Tony Hillery and Jessie Hartland
  • Magnuson Park (Magnuson Frog Pond Park and Ride, lot E-5), 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle. Book: The Storm Whale, by Benji Davies
  • Northacres Park, 12718 First Ave. N.E., Seattle. Book: The Tin Forest, by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

Find more details about the walks at www.spl.org/StoryWalk. And look for photos (or post your own!) with the hashtag #storywalkseattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning fun and educational activities throughout Earth Week, including Do It at Home Earth Day kits; an Environmental Education playlist on YouTube; Clean Up Our Parks events; and nature walks. Find complete information at www.seattle.gov/parks/EarthWeek.

The Earth Week StoryWalks® are part of a project called StoryWalk® in the Parks, a partnership between Seattle Parks & Recreation and The Seattle Public Library to promote reading, community and outdoor fun. StoryWalks® will be popping up all over Seattle in 2021.

MORE INFORMATION

The Seattle Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. One of our guiding principles is to promote literacy and a love of reading. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like StoryWalks® to meet the public’s changing needs and interests.

The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

(For more information, contact Laura Gentry, interim communications director, at 206–915–9028 or laura.gentry@spl.org)