Two ‘Story Walks’ this year in Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library has two new “Story Walks” for non-technological outside reading fun.

On May 15, the library launched its third annual Story Walk. This will only have one slight contactless change. Instead of handing out maps to participants, the maps will be next to the story sheets in windows around downtown.

In the “Story Walk”, the pages of a book are put in window in businesses around Slave Lake. Participants walk or cycle between locations to read the story.

It is an activity which is outside, away from technology, and good for all ages, says library employee Lindsay Rosentreter.

This year there are two “Story Walks” – one is for walking and the other is longer for cycling. The first book is “How to Find Gold” by Viviane Schwarz.
The second is “Miss Armitage on Wheels” by Quentin Blake.

Both routes start at the front door of the library. There is a map of the full route by the pages.

The “Story Walks” run from May 15 to June 15. At the end of the routes, participants can message a photo of themselves to the library to be entered to win an Alimo’s Pizzaria gift card.

In previous years, the prize was baskets, but that isn’t possible with COVID.
Both routes are in the downtown business area. The walking route takes around 30 minutes and the bicycle route takes between 30 to 45 minutes.

Two of the most popular online programs at the library are story time and Saturday crafternoon, says library manager Kendra McRee. E-resources, and e-books are also popular. The library is also hosting online wine and paint nights and trivia nights. There’s a trivia night on May 22. The next wine and paint night will likely be June 1.

A page from the library’s Story Walk in the Leader’s window.

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