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Tewksbury Debuts StoryWalk To Encourage Reading & Exercise

Aug 11, 2015 10:36AM ● Published by Robert Hayes

TEWKSBURY, M A -- The Tewksbury Public Library recently created a StoryWalk on
the library grounds.

“A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children’s story
along a popular walking route in your community,” explains Children’s Librarian Noelle
Boc, who spearheaded the project.

The library’s StoryWalk features a popular children’s folktale, “Coyote” by Gerald
McDermott.  Wherever Coyote goes, you can be sure he’ll find trouble. Now he wants
to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows
agree but soon tire of Coyote’s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great
trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!

The library’s StoryWalk begins near the walkway by the 9/11 Memorial and winds
around behind the library.  It will be up for the next couple of weeks.

“If you come to the library this month with little ones, please take our new StoryWalk!,”
encourages Boc.  “Your family can both get some exercise and have fun reading a
great story.”

Participants of the StoryWalk are encouraged to sign in on the log book, located on the
beginning of the Walk.

StoryWalks were created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, when she worked
for the Vermont Department of Health. Anne was thinking about ways to prevent or
lessen the impact of chronic disease on adults and children by increasing physical
activity. She wanted to find something that was fun for families to do together in natural
settings.
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