Waterbury Reads StoryWalk® Debuts May 23

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The Waterbury Reads StoryWalk® project will make its debut Saturday, May 23rd in Hamilton Park. StoryWalks® are a free and fun way to share books while enjoying the outdoors.

Waterbury Reads provides free books to local children in an effort to spark a lifelong love of reading. While the program is on break from distributing books during the COVID-19 crisis, these StoryWalks will provide a family-friendly way to encourage reading.

Each StoryWalk will feature pages from a children’s picture book laminated onto signs, and then Waterbury Reads volunteers will place them along an outdoor path. Most of the books are for children ages 2 to 7 and the stories will change weekly at each location.

Waterbury Reads StoryWalks® will be on display from 9am-3pm beginning on Saturday, May 23 in Hamilton Park and will continue through the summer. The schedule is Hamilton Park: Saturdays and Wednesdays; Fulton Park: Sundays and Wednesdays; Jonathan Reed Elementary School: Mondays and Thursdays; Washington Park: Tuesdays and Fridays. Days and times are subject to change and weather conditions may impact the plan. Updates will be posted on the Waterbury Reads Instagram and Facebook page.

The project is made possible with funding from the Elisha Leavenworth Foundation and support from the Office of Mayor O’Leary, Waterbury Parks Department, Waterbury Public Schools, Barnes & Noble of Waterbury, and BTS Graphics & Printing of Oakville.

Waterbury Reads is a program of the Spirit of Waterbury Committee and a partner of Waterbury P.A.L.. The Waterbury Reads team is Kelly Pinho, Stephanie Cummings and Tina Agati. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT.

Contact the Waterbury Reads team at waterburyreads@gmail.com.