Walk and Read, Read and Walk at the Library Storywalk Event in Strickland Park | Local News


Stillwater Public Library unveils its second storybook for the Strickland Park Storywalk on Saturday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. yoga movements.

“The ‘ABC Yoga’ book is perfect for our Strickland Park walk, as it combines animals and nature with gentle yoga moves that provide easy physical activity,” said Elizabeth Murray, Children’s Librarian. “This Storywalk was designed with multiple accessibility features to engage a wider range of readers, so emphasizing a gentle activity like yoga that can be adapted to be more physically inclusive was important to our project goals. .”

Each of the Storywalk books has been recorded by a local reader, and the recording is available online via a QR code displayed at the start of the story. According to Murray, this month’s reader is particularly exciting.

“We’re grateful to have coach Mike Gundy as a guest reader for ‘ABC Yoga’ to encourage kids in the community to stay physically active and read,” Murray said. “We also appreciate Orange Power Studios and Sean Maguire, Deputy Director of Oklahoma State Athletics Communications, for their assistance with the project.”

While the new Storywalk book and its guest reader are the highlights of the event, many other activities are included to provide a fun afternoon for children and families.

Turning Point Ranch, a non-profit organization providing horse-assisted activities for people with special needs, brings mini therapy horses Baxter and Sparky to the event from 1-2:30 p.m. Children will have the chance to take turns reading and cuddling with Baxter and Sparky, plus the friendly dogs from Alliance of Therapy Dogs, who will be visiting from 1-2 p.m.

Sparky from Turning Point Ranch is excited to discover the new book at Storywalk® on May 21.

“Mini horses and therapy dogs are an integral part of our events,” Murray said. “Not only are they a comfort to children who may need a break from all the activities, but they are also patient, non-judgmental listeners who encourage children to read.”

Because the Storywalk offers a children’s yoga book, Red Earth Yoga will be on hand to teach families a 30-minute beginner’s yoga lesson at 1:30 p.m. Yoga coloring sheets and additional healthy living materials will be available. provided to the Payne County TSET Healthy Living Program. kiosk as well as healthy refreshments offered by the organization.

The Storywalk event is free, open to the public, and registration is not required. After completing a short survey, children will receive a free book courtesy of the Friends of Stillwater Public Library.

Additional events are planned for the Storywalk at Strickland Park on June 26 and July 21. To learn more, visit library.stillwater.org/storywalk.php.

The Storywalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in conjunction with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The Strickland Park Storywalk was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with local support from Mya’s Promise, City of Stillwater Operations and Community Resources, the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Oklahoma ABLE Tech. The opinions and content of the activities and materials do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ODL or IMLS, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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