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Urbana – StoryWalks® are coming to an Urbana park near you in August! With a grant from the Urbana Arts & Culture
Program and in partnership with the Urbana Park District, The Urbana Free Library is developing a series of StoryWalks®
using stories submitted by the community.
StoryWalks® are a great way to get active while promoting literacy. A story is divided up into various sections that are
installed along a path, so visitors can read as they walk. It’s a wonderful way for adults and their young children or
grandchildren to connect and read while enjoying a local park.
The Library is taking submissions of original artwork or photos and family friendly stories through August 27. You can
join the Library and Illustrator Cora Hays on Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3 to learn how to create a story and
artwork to submit.
“We are excited to see what stories are submitted by community members,” said Lauren Chambers, Programming &
Outreach Manager for the Library. “This is truly a community-generated project.”
Once the StoryWalk® panels are created, they will be installed at various Urbana parks for the community to enjoy while
social distancing. In addition, each StoryWalk® will be recorded and posted on the Library’s Facebook page to enjoy
StoryWalk® Dates and Locations:
• August 9 – South Ridge Park
• August 13 – Crestview Park
• August 17 – Blair Park
• August 20 – Larson Park
• August 24 – Prairie Park
• August 27 – King Park
• August 31 – Victory Park
StoryWalk® exhibits will be displayed at the park from noon to 7:00 p.m. If it rains, the exhibit will take place the
following day and an announcement will be posted on the Library’s social media channels.
To learn more about StoryWalk® in Urbana Parks, including the guidelines for how to submit a story and artwork, visit
the Library’s website at urbanafreelibrary.org.
This project is supported in part by a City of Urbana Arts Grant. 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.