StoryWalk program in the parks

The Anoka County Library is combining nature, walking and reading in its  StoryWalk! program for children.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with literacy, nature and health- related activities after the walk.

“Children learn in many ways,” said Anoka  County Commissioner and Anoka County Library Board liaison Jim Kordiak.

“Allowing them to not only hear the words, but see them and touch them in the natural setting described in the literature will not only help the story take hold, but create a lasting experience not soon forgotten.”

StoryWalk is a partnership between Anoka County Parks and Recreation, Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services and the Anoka County Library.

The schedule for fall StoryWalks include:

• “Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet” by Joe Rossi and David LaRochelle, Rum River North County Park, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

• “Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner, Wargo Nature Center, Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 to 4 p.m

StoryWalks are free and open to the public.

This program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

All outdoor programs are weather dependent – programs may be canceled due to extreme weather.

If the program is canceled information will be posted at

The original StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

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