Children take a reading walk with library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland library hosted a Storywalk on the lawn in front of the Town Hall building across from the library on June 12. The children and families at the event walked around the lawn to read a full story. Pictured are, from left, Liam and Lucy Crowe and Dillion and Olivia Kusky at the walk.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children at the Poland library's Storywalk received prizes with every station they visited. These prizes included stickers, bubbles and glowsticks. At the end of the walk, the children got freeze pops as their final reward. Pictured, Sydney DiSibio ended the walk with an orange freeze pop and a paper bag full of prizes.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland librarian Vikki Peck based her Storywalk on Anne Ferguson's Storywalk Project in Vermont. Both walks were designed to give families an interesting outdoor experience while reading a children's book. Pictured are Lillian, Madison and Candy Morgan as they read the seventh page of the story.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland librarian Vikki Peck organized the Storywalk around the story of "Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes." The story tied in with the PLYMC's summer reading theme of "Reading Rocks," where they are bridging literacy and music. Pictured, Caroline and Madison Medvec finished the Storywalk.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland librarian Vikki Peck set up the Storywalk with single pages of "Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes" spread out on poster boards throughout the lawn in from of Town Hall. The families went to the different pages in order to read the full story.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Poland library invited families to Town Hall’s lawn across the street from the library building for a Storywalk on June 12.

Poland librarian Vikki Peck made the walk using the story “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.” The program helped start the beginning of Poland branch’s “Reading Rocks” summer reading programs.

“I like it because it involves reading, walking and being in the community,” said Peck. She appreciated that the Village Council allowed the library to host the event on the lawn because she enjoys doing programs outside.

Peck handed the children paper bags to start their walk. They moved from different poster boards that featured a single page of the storybook on them. Each station had a small prize for the children, such as stickers and bubbles. The children were treated with freeze pops at the end of the walk.

The Storywalk Project was created by librarian Anne Ferguson from Montpelier, Vt. Peck saw the project online and wanted to do her own Storywalk. Two years ago, she did one on a different children’s book and received a good turnout, so she wanted to do one with the “Pete the Cat” books this year.

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