A new and unique use of community green space to encourage recreational reading and healthy family time will be unveiled when InfoZone, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, and the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation kick off the “StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park” on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.at 3025 Ruckle Street.
Geared toward families with children up to age 8, the story walk allows individuals to stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. At the end of each walk, families can document their participation in a guest book and will be encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media. The first story selected is You Will Be My Friend! written by Peter Brown and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Along with stories, Mapleton-Fall Creek’s “Celebrate Spring” event will feature book giveaways, games, planting activities, refreshments and more. Two other neighborhood pocket parks, located at 2925 Park Street and 3151 Park Street, will also host programs and activities throughout the afternoon in partnership with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Walk Urban Indy and the Mid-North Quality of Life Plan.
The “StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Pocket Park” is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. StoryWalk® Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.