Hit the Reading Trail with 3 Magnolia StoryWalks in August

Follow the signs outside the Magnolia Branch to find the StoryWalk
Follow the signs outside the Magnolia Branch to find the StoryWalk®

With (somewhat) cooler temperatures this week, it’s the perfect time to explore Seattle’s wonderful parks with the young people in your life. In Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, rotating StoryWalks® in three locations will be up through August, which means that you can get outside while reading amazing picture books installed along a trail. All featured books are by Native American authors.

If you’re not familiar with StoryWalks®, get ready to experience reading in a new and active way. A StoryWalk® encourages reading, imagination, fitness and exploring your community. Here are the three locations for the StoryWalks®. Continue reading “Hit the Reading Trail with 3 Magnolia StoryWalks in August”

Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden

The Thing About BeesBring your five senses to the Seattle Sensory Garden this Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience a special milestone: The Seattle Public Library’s first in-person Inclusion Festival in two years. Caregivers and kids of all abilities can explore, enjoy a Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® about bees, an ASL-interpreted story time, a pollinator puppet show and more.

Held in partnership with The Arc of King County and Northwest Center, an Inclusion Festival is a program that is inclusive of children and families of all abilities. The Library hosts monthly festivals online, and we’re thrilled to host this outdoor program at the Seattle Sensory Garden, which is located in the northeast corner of Woodland Park Zoo’s Rose Garden at 700 N. 50th St. in Seattle, and is always free to visit.

At 11 a.m., children’s librarian Miss Erin will host a story time featuring “The Thing about Bees: A Love Letter,” by Shabazz Larkin, as well as fun songs, and some bubble-blowing. ASL interpretation will be provided.

At noon, Woodland Park Zoo will present a Pollinator Puppet Show, also with ASL interpretation.

After the puppet show, stop by Woodland Park Zoo’s table to make a seed ball, and visit the accessible, Braille-enhanced StoryWalk® in the Sensory Garden also featuring “The Thing about Bees.” Children and caregivers can wander the trail and enjoy this outdoor reading experience. Continue reading “Bring Your Senses to an Inclusion Festival and StoryWalk® at the Seattle Sensory Garden”

Hit the Reading Trail: 4 Earth Week StoryWalks at Seattle Parks

StoryWalk at Herring House ParkWant a fun way to celebrate Earth Week with the children in your life? Hit the trail at four Seattle parks while reading amazing picture books that are installed along the way.

From Tuesday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 26, StoryWalks® will be installed at Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx) in the Duwamish industrial area; Lincoln Park in West Seattle, Green Lake Park in north Seattle and Genesee Park in south Seattle.

If you’re not familiar with StoryWalks®, get ready to experience reading in a new and active way. A picture book is installed on signposts along a path, which allows children and their caregivers to read along as they walk and enjoy the outdoors. A StoryWalk® encourages reading, imagination, fitness and exploring your community. Continue reading “Hit the Reading Trail: 4 Earth Week StoryWalks at Seattle Parks”