Weaver Library unveils new ‘StoryWalk’ outdoor learning path

Located on lawn, will be used for “Storytimes,” other programs

Posted 9/30/22

EAST PROVIDENCE  — Weaver Library has added another use for its sprawling lawn, besides its seasonal farmers market and concert venue, with the recent installation of permanent structures …

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Weaver Library unveils new ‘StoryWalk’ outdoor learning path

Located on lawn, will be used for “Storytimes,” other programs

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EAST PROVIDENCE  — Weaver Library has added another use for its sprawling lawn, besides its seasonal farmers market and concert venue, with the recent installation of permanent structures for its “StoryWalk” learning path.

The library received a legislative grant from the General Assembly, facilitated by State Senator Valerie Lawson (D-Dist. 14), using the funds to install 20 metal posts and frames from Pannier Graphics.

The structures will be used throughout the year as weather permits for the library’s “Storytimes” program for toddlers and youngsters as well as an added feature during the Weaver Library Farmers Market each summer going forward.

Employees from the city’s Department of Public Works, led by director Dan Borges, installed late this past summer.

The posts were available for use during the last few Farmers Markets of the 2022 season. A kick-off party was held in early September where the first StoryWalk, “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates'' by Ryan T Higgins, was read by Youth Services Coordinator Pam Schwieger and also included a visit from a “real” T. Rex (Outreach Librarian, Michelle Perry), dinosaur snacks, dinosaur party hats and music.

StoryWalk is already being utilized by parents and children at after school drop offs, by adults on their daily walk, both during and outside of library hours. The story will be changed on a monthly basis, and accompanied by an activity and question prompts to encourage readers to encourage further engagement.

October’s story, “Not Very Scary” by Carol Brendler, will be the companion piece to other outdoor kids programming during the month, including a Halloween Family Concert and the Annual Pumpkin Stroll.

For more information about the StoryWalk or other children’s programs offered by the libraries call 401-434-2453 or visit “Calendar of Events” at https://www.eastprovidencelibrary.org.

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