Kids explore the Storybook Walk at College Meadows Park.Photo courtesy St. Charles City-County Library District.
Young readers can explore popular page turners in a picturesque park setting thanks to an initiative spearheaded by the St. Charles City-County Library District, with financial support from the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.
Storybook Walks, located at four area parks, feature a new book each month or quarter. The program combines the thirst for reading with outdoor exploration. The walks are designed to encourage families to connect by spending time outdoors, while also supporting early childhood development and promoting exercise and activity.
Fox Hill Park in St. Charles: The Storybook Walk at Fox Hill Park is located at 3400 Kister Dr., St. Charles, MO, 63301. The Storybook Walk surrounds the park’s ponds and is most accessible from the parking lot of Huncker Street at Fox Hill Road.
This month’s book is “Quackers,” by Lisa Wong. April will feature “Splashdance," by Liz Starin. “Some Pets,” by Angela Diterlizzi will be May’s featured title.
Heartland Park in Wentzville: Children can follow the pages of a story posted along a .75-mile walking trail at Heartland Park, which is located at 100 William Dierberg Dr., Wentzville, MO, 63385.
“A Balloon for Isabel,” by Deborah Underwood, will be on display through April 30. From May 1 through July 21 visitors can read “The Curious Garden,” by Peter Brown.
Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville: The Storybook Walk at Quail Ridge is located at 5501 Quail Ridge Parkway, Wentzville, MO, 63385. The Storybook Walk is located just behind Quail Ridge Lodge on a paved trail along a pond (note: the pond is a prime spot for spotting sunbathing turtles, as well).
“No Yeti Yet,” by Mary Ann Fraser is the current book. It will remain on display until April 30. “The Mixed up Truck,” by Stephen Savage takes its place through July 31.