FAYETTEVILLE N.C. – The Cumberland County Public Library will hold a grand opening for a StoryWalk® at Lake Rim Park on Tuesday, April 11, at 10 a.m., at 2214 Tar Kiln Drive, Fayetteville. The community is invited to celebrate the opening of this second StoryWalk®. There will be games, balloon animals and more for people of all ages.
The StoryWalk® is a community project led by the Cumberland County Public Library, in collaboration with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, and funded by a State Library of North Carolina Bright Ideas grant. This literacy-focused attraction encourages children, caregivers and teachers to experience reading, participate in physical activity and explore nature together.
"We are so excited to bring a second StoryWalk® to Cumberland County. This is another way to reach families in public parks, and to foster a love of reading through movement and play,” said Heather Hall, Interim Library Deputy Director. “Cumberland County Public Library believes in finding fun, exciting ways to provide early literacy opportunities to the community, and we hope everyone enjoys these stories."
The StoryWalk® is a half mile long and consists of each page of a picture book laminated and displayed along a walking trail so adult and child can read the entire book together. Updated throughout the year, families can read several stories. Picture book displays also feature early literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities along with movement exercises.
Visitors can enjoy the StoryWalk® at both Lake Rim Park and Clark Park daily during normal park hours. The StoryWalk® at Clark Park, located at 631 Sherman Dr., Fayetteville, opened in October 2020.
For more information on library resources or to view scheduled in-person or virtual programming, visit the Library’s Facebook page or cumberlandcountync.gov/library. For more information about parks, including hours, go to fcpr.us.