Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk

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Article Published: Nov. 29, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 3, 2014
Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk

The Downtown Boone Development Association and the Watauga County Library are partnering to bring a special Christmas Story Walk to downtown Boone for the holiday season. The Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk began Saturday, Nov. 23, and will run through Jan. 2, 2014.

The concept works by displaying a page or multiple pages of a children’s story book in the windows of downtown merchants. Families then read the story little by little, as they navigate their way through downtown.

The Christmas Story Walk starts at the library, located at 140 Queen St., and participants are encouraged to park there or at the meters on Queen Street.

The children’s story book for the Downtown Boone Christmas Story Walk is “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies” by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. From the library, the walk moves down Depot Street and back up to West King Street to conclude at Melanie’s on the corner of Depot and West King streets. Participants are encouraged to visit Youth Services at the library to pick up their map and answer sheet to the questions on the story book pages. If the library is closed, families can still enjoy the Story Walk by following the directional signs attached to the story book pages.

“We received some positive feedback about our Downtown Boone Halloween Story Walk and decided to move forward with a Christmas Story Walk,” Boone downtown coordinator Virginia Falck said. “The idea is to provide our visitors to downtown Boone with an activity the whole family can enjoy, while, at the same time, enjoying our wonderful variety of shops, restaurants and services. Downtown Story Walk provides children an opportunity to read and walk, while parents might discover a special shop or restaurant they may have not noticed on a previous visit to downtown Boone.”

Lisa Flanigan of the Watauga County Library is excited that the Christmas Story Walk will be up for a total of six weeks.

“I think having the Christmas Story Walk up for the remainder of November and all through December will be great,” she said. “This will provide visitors, locals and even school groups with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Christmas Story Walk. Parents really have enjoyed our Story Walk program, as it seems to encourage children to read out loud and even read to other children and siblings.”

For more information, visit, or call (828) 262-4532 or (828) 264-8784.

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