Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency
Story Book Walk Outside Phillis Wheatly Library
The storybook walk around Phillis Wheatley library would bring to life children and families favorite stories on the outside of our libraries. Phillis Wheatley library is located in the City's Southwest Quadrant and is a hub of activity for after school, summer, evening and weekend programming for children, youth and adults.
On Saturday mornings, when library staff come to open the doors, they always will find a line up of children and their caregivers. Phillis Wheatley is a loved community treasure and place where children can learn, play, read, and families can gain access to a wide array of resources and classes. By creating interactive games with storybook themes along the sidewalk, and having book pages mounted around the library, families and kids could take a walk through their favorite story while also getting active and having fun.
The story book walk itself would mount pages of a story on wooden polls and stories will rotate monthly. The stories will rotate between published works and those created by local kids. The storyboards will be accompanied by interactive sidewalks that would allow pages of their favorite books to come to life. Imagine having to tip toe along Jack's Beanstalk after you read page 1 of the book, then shrinking to the size of mini-Alice in Alice in Wonderland and having to hop from one tea cup to the next. Children at the library will create playful sidewalk designs that they will design and paint around the full area of the library. We will also work with our City's Department of Environmental Services and local design architects to create a thermoplastic design at the library's entrance way at the start of the walk.
In conjunction with the infrastructure, Phillis Wheatley library will create a program for children and youth called "Our Story". The Phillis Wheatley Library hopes to host a series of workshops at which children would work with a writing instructor to collaboratively write a story. Through the workshops, the children would learn about grammar and the basic components of stories ? plot, characters, voice etc. In addition, they would work with an artist/illustrator to create pictures to go along with their story, learning the basics of art and design.
Finally, they would learn teamwork skills as they work together to create their story. Once completed, the story would be mounted in the library's story walk, one page on view at each story walk station, for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
- Jenn Beideman