The library recently opened a permanent StoryWalk® at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway in Downtown Dubuque.
The StoryWalk® Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, in 2007. Ferguson was working as a chronic disease specialist at the time and was looking for a way to promote physical activity that engaged both children and adults. Her idea was simple, take the pages from a children’s picture book, attach each one to a stake, and line them up along a path for families to read and enjoy. The response to Ferguson’s idea was tremendous and positive, developing into what is known today as the StoryWalk® Project. There are now StoryWalks® in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries.
The library worked with the C-SPL Foundation and the City of Dubuque to bring our own StoryWalk® to the downtown community. This permanent installment at the Bee Branch Creek Greenway is a unique opportunity to promote early literacy outside of the library, as well as encourage physical activity in an outdoor setting for people of all ages to enjoy.
The story begins by the East 22nd Street bus stop, and then continues across the bridge and along the trail. Each month will feature a new story.
Our goal is to share stories that inspire learning, joy, and hope. So get outside to the Bee Branch Creek! Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair; move your body and exercise your mind.