Article Published: Nov. 29 | Modified: Jan. 3
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
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
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.
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