Story Walk strolls into Boone Oct. 22

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Oct. 17, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 17, 2013

Downtown Boone’s inaugural Story Walk will celebrate with a kickoff party from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Watauga County Public Library.

The Story Walk begins Oct. 22 and runs till Nov. 6.

The event will afford local families the joy of reading a story page by page, as they explore King Street and all of its hidden treasures.

The Downtown Boone Development Association and the Watauga County Public Library are coordinating the event.

The Story Walk 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, according to a news release.

The walk begins at the library. A Story Walk map can be picked up at the library’s youth services desk during normal operating hours. The map contains directions and instructions for the Story Walk, as well as an optional word search.

Once the children have finished the walk, they may stop by the library for a special Halloween prize. Additional activities will include arts, crafts and refreshments in the library’s meeting room.

While many local families frequent the downtown area, many of them have likely missed or overlooked several intriguing amenities, said Virginia Falck, the town of Boone’s downtown coordinator.

“If you have ever been in downtown Boone with your kids or family going to just one shop or restaurant, this is a good way to familiarize yourself with all the downtown has to offer,” Falck said. “Along the way, you can read a story and do a scavenger hunt.”

The Watauga County Public Library will also be offering small prizes at the event’s conclusion. The event is also a way for local trick-or-treaters to get in on the downtown fun all in the same day, Falck said.

The concept for Story Walk was first created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and suggested by a library patron who relayed the message to Lisa Flanigan from the Watauga library.

“I immediately became excited about the potential of a downtown Story Walk,” Falck said. “After an initial discussion about the project, we realized that it would be an excellent partnership with the library and DBDA. We saw an opportunity to provide a fun and educational activity for local families and visitors to downtown Boone. When we approached downtown businesses about the story walk, the participating downtown merchants were excited and happy to offer up their window spaces for the projects.”

For more information, call Virginia Falck at (828) 262-4532 or Lisa Flanigan at (828) 264-8784.

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