Story Walk in Jorgens Park Preserve

Families can enjoy the Scandinavia Public Library's story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve and then stop by the library to pick up coordinating Grab & Go activity kits for the family: Nature Art Frames and Egg Geodes! 

Located near the northeastern edge of Silver Lake in Scandinavia, the story walk is a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning east of the park's picnic pavilion. As families walk the trail, they will enjoy reading pages from a children's picture book that have been placed along the trail.

Combining literacy with outdoor activity, the story walk is a great way to enjoy some meaningful family-bonding time!

Currently on the story walk is "A Nest Is Noisy" by Dianna Aston. "From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests. From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent's lap." This book will be available to read from July 8 through approximately July 28.

Coordinating with "A Nest Is Noisy," the Scandinavia Library also has two free Grab and Go activity kits available for families to enjoy:

  • Nature Art Frames offer a unique way to look at nature. Simply place a frame over some vegetation or a landscape view, then take a picture! You can decorate your frame with markers or crayons, or glue on some decorative grasses and flowers. Feel free to email any photos you take to the library at, and we'll share them on our Facebook page! (All ages)
  • Egg Geodes are a fun science activity for families to enjoy. This kit will give you one prepared eggshell and kosher salt to make one geode of your own; mix together the solution, pour it into the egg, then watch as the crystals start to form! We also give instructions for preparing more eggshells and tips for running some comparative science experiments of your own! (Ages 11 & up, younger children with supervision)

The story walk runs from late March through early November each year and features books of all types, from classic to new, and even non-fiction. A new book is put up about every three weeks.

If there's a book that you'd like to see on the story walk, please let us know!

Jorgens Park Map 2018.jpgThe story walk was named "Walk with Donnie" in honor of Donnie Jensen, who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member. "Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park," said Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. "It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life." Donnie passed away in 2016.

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