Seattle Public Library Launches New StoryWalks Initiative To Celebrate Earth Day

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Seattle Public Library Launches New StoryWalks Initiative To Celebrate Earth Day

Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24, a partnership between Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks and Recreation bring you StoryWalks in four parks to celebrate Earth Day.

In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 24, Seattle Public Library is partnering with Parks and Recreation for “StoryWalks” through four parks. From now through Saturday, you can walk through Herring House Park, Genesee Park , Magnuson Park and Northacres Park. Different nature-related picture books will be installed on signposts around a walking route, where families can read along. Be sure to look out for the signs with the picture book’s illustration to know where to begin your walk, but maps will also be handed out to readers who’d like to joing along. Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #StoryWalkSeattle.

StoryWalks began in 2007 in Vermont by Anne Ferguson, who was seeking to find an outdoor activity that would encourage literacy and health all at the same time. This inspired the idea of having people read as they walk through trails, and 14 years later her program has spread throughout the country and has even garnered global reach.


The books you’ll read at each park are as follows:

Herring House Park 

Where: 4570 West Marginal Way S.W., Seattle

Book: We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade 


Genesee Park 

Where: 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle

Book: Harlem Grown, by Tony Hillery and Jessie Hartland 



Magnuson Park 

Where: 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle

Book: The Storm Whale, by Benji Davies 


Northacres Park 

Where: 12718 First Ave. N.E., Seattle

Book: The Tin Forest, by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson 

This is just the beginning! Seattle Parks and Recreation have announced that more StoryWalks will be organized throughout the rest of the year.


Featured image by Eunice Choi from Unsplash and @lebricoleursofseattle.