The OWWL Library System takes StoryWalks on the road and hosts a traveling reading program.

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CANANDAIGUA – The OWWL Library System is partnering with libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties to launch OWWL Libraries Traveling Summer StoryWalks. Ten different books will spin in nine locations every week until September 4.

A Storywalk places an illustrated children’s book, taken apart and displayed page by page, along an aisle or path. Community members can move from panel to panel and enjoy the story displayed on 18 x 24 boards. OWWL Libraries Traveling Summer StoryWalks will include 10 books in total, each spending a week at each location. The shortest story is 17 squares and the longest 25.

Libraries that do not currently have, support, or sponsor a StoryWalk (or variation of) in their community were eligible to be part of the program.

The following libraries have been selected as locations for Traveling StoryWalks: Arcade Free Library; Avon Free Library; Cordelia A. Greene Library (Castile); Gorham Free Library; Honeoye Public Library; Newark Public Library; Mount Morris Library; Phelps Library; and the Pike Library.

StoryWalks simultaneously promote early literacy and community health and well-being and can be enjoyed by all ages. Erin Robinson, Director of the Arcade Free Library, said, “It has been a wonderful opportunity for our community to be part of this program. Several families planned their trips to the library around StoryWalks, arriving early for story time so they could flip through the pages and enjoy the first two books.

The StoryWalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in conjunction with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. For a complete list of books and traveling summer walks from OWWL Libraries, visit owwl.org/traveling-summer-storywalks.

The Canandaigua-based OWWL Library System provides support and services to the 42 OWWL libraries serving Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties. Visit owwl.org/libraries for a complete directory of OWWL libraries.

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