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Step Through a Story With Library’s New ‘StoryWalk’

library creates walking storybook along downtown trail

a trail of a tale. Families can now enjoy the “StoryWalk” created by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, which starts at Dewey and Galloway streets and crosses the “S” Bridge over the Eau Claire River.
A TRAIL OF A TALE. Families can now enjoy the “StoryWalk” created by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, which starts at Dewey and Galloway streets and crosses the “S” Bridge over the Eau Claire River.

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is offering children and families a chance to exercise the mind and body as the school year quickly approaches.

StoryWalk, brought to you by the Youth Services Department of the library, made its debut in early August as a great way for children to continue to learn through the end of the summer while also sparking physical activity in the fresh, end-of-summer air.

StoryWalk is an outdoor reading experience created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson in Montepelier, Vermont. A children’s book is deconstructed, and the pages of the book are laminated and placed on wooden stakes or in permanent kiosks along a walking trail. The library has chosen a book that follows their anti-racist pledge with Hurry Up – a book that features people of color.

The trail will take families along the pedestrian and bike trail near the library at the corner of Dewey and Galloway streets. The walk then heads east across the “S” bridge and back to Dewey Street. StoryWalk is now open to families across the Chippewa Valley until Aug. 31.

For more information, stop at Youth Services at the library during an in-person appointment, call (715) 839-5007, or email ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. More information about library programs can be found at www.ecpubliclibrary.info.