Story Walk in Jorgens Park Preserve

Families can enjoy reading "Hooway for Wodney Wat" by Helen Lester on the Scandinavia Public Library's story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve and then stop by the library to pick up coordinating, mouse-themed Grab & Go activity kits for the family.

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!

"Hooway for Wodney Wat" tells the story of Rodney Rat, a rat who is teased mercilessly because he cannot pronounce his R's. But when Camilla Capybara joins Rodney's class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid─until our unwitting hero, Rodney Rat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says. Read along with Rodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day, R's or no R's! This book will be available to read from September 8 through approximately September 29.

Coordinating with "Hooway for Wodney Wat," the Scandinavia Library is offering two free Grab & Go activity kits available for families to enjoy:

  • Standing Mouse ─ make your own paper mouse to display on a shelf. (Kits suitable for Pre-K through age 8; younger children will require help for some of the steps.)
  • Corner Bookmarks ─ each kit contains materials to make 3 corner bookmarks. Make a mouse to mark your place, or anything else you can imagine! (Age 6 through adult; ages 4-5 may also be able to enjoy this kit with assistance.)

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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