The program has partnered with local sites to post laminated pages of children’s books in sequence so families can walk along, see, and read each page of the story together, promoting exercise and early literacy in a socially distanced way. Sites include Gardening the Community, the Springfield Symphony’s office windows, and the East Forest Park Branch Library’s windows.
Mayor Sarno stated, “This is such a great program for our children and families. It is so nice to see that even amid this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic our dedicated Springfield Library’s and community partners have gotten creative in making this successful reading program available for families through this new Story Walks series which will be opening up throughout our City, starting first here at the Gardening the Community’s Walnut Street Farm Store and Garden.”
Also attending the event were City Councilors Tim Allen and Jesse Lederman, Chrissy Howard, Manager for Reading Success by 4th Grade, Zee Johnson of Olive Tree Books N Voices, and Tye Weir of Springfield Rise Academy.