October 2, 2020, 2:19 pm

For Immediate Release                                                                                  Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services

September 28, 2020                                                                                       Upper Hudson Library System, mary.fellows@uhls.org

                                                                                                                        518-437-9880 ext. 228; 518-506-8697                                                                      



Fall colors, fresh air, and a story to read along a trail – that’s what twenty libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System are offering to families ready to combine a nature break with learning and fun through StoryWalksTM.

A StoryWalkTM is a deconstructed picture book, with each page posted along a trail. Families enjoy a story while children and adults get fresh air and exercise. In addition to reading the book page aloud, adults are encouraged to ask children questions and suggest exercise activities. Prompt cards on each post offer ideas: “How many of the letter “s” do you see on this page? Count them out loud. Then hiss like a snake and wriggle to the next page!”

Project coordinator Mary Fellows, Manager of Youth and Family Services at Upper Hudson Library System, hopes that families will explore their local library’s StoryWalkTM and venture to other communities to see new libraries, parks, and StoryWalksTM. “Our StoryWalkTM Expedition builds on the popular UHLS Library Expedition we did in 2018, which saw over 3000 people visiting different libraries throughout Albany and Rensselaer Counties,” says Fellows. “Now families need safe yet fun outings even more. Stories, libraries, autumn colors in upstate New York, maybe a cider doughnut along the way – how do you beat that combination?”

A web page, www.uhls.org/storywalk/,  lists all the StoryWalksTM, along with local food and library attractions. All StoryWalksTM are an outdoor experience. Expeditioners planning an inside library visit are encouraged to check library hours and services.

StoryWalk™ is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program and by Upper Hudson Library System. The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.