StoryWalk installed at Manasquan Public Library

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John and Luke Nisivoccia take a walk through the Manasquan Library's newly installed StoryWalk. COURTESY OF MANASQUAN PUBLIC LIBRARY

MANASQUAN — Manasquan Public Library recently installed a StoryWalk, offering patrons the opportunity to go for a walk in the garden behind the library while simultaneously reading a story.

The StoryWalk Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont in 2007 and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. According to the library, StoryWalks have been installed in all 50 states as well as 13 countries.

“It gives families an opportunity to do a nature walk while reading a story,” children’s librarian Katy Conte said. “They seem to be getting more and more popular.”

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Ms. Conte said she got the idea to create a StoryWalk after seeing one while walking in a park.

“It looked so great and so perfect for social distancing,” she said, adding that a StoryWalk lends itself to the coronavirus pandemic.

After combing through a list of books to use for the StoryWalk, Ms. Conte said she decided on “The Library” by Sarah Stewart.

“It’s just a beautiful story about the library. It’s a little girl who loves books and eventually builds a library in her town … so it just seemed perfect,” she said.

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