Kids & Parents

Take a (Story)Walk with DPPL

Follow the path at West Park to read the book and enjoy the activities.

Head over to West Park to enjoy reading Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming while you walk around the trail. 

Planning for our library and the Des Plaines Park District to collaborate on a StoryWalk® began long before social distancing and trying to find ways to socialize safely became the norm.

The first sign from our StoryWalk®, featuring the cover of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.

Welcome to the StoryWalk®!

We are so happy, though, that we can launch this in our community at a time when outdoor fun is more sought after and important than ever.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.*

Since it was launched in 2007, they have been installed all over the country and the world in libraries, parks, and various other public venues.

We took the basic concept - walk around the path reading a picture book - and added a bit of play and conversation for those sharing the story.

Each sign has a question or activity to go along with the book pages.

Ms. Elizabeth pretends to tiptoe away from the sign she just installed.

Tiptoe to the next sign.

Participants in this inaugural StoryWalk® are asked to hop like a bunny, count squares, talk about your favorite veggies, and more as they continue enjoying the book. We hope you have fun!

This is all about encouraging early literacy, physical activity, and having a great time together in the great outdoors! 

Long term, we hope to bring you different StoryWalk® installations at various parks in the Des Plaines area throughout each year.

Keep an eye on our social media for StoryWalk® announcements.

*Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

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