By Mrs. Andrea Smith (Leonard Wood)November 3, 2016
More than 135 children dressed in their Halloween costumes visited the Bruce C. Clarke Library to participate in the second annual StoryWalk Oct. 26.
"The StoryWalk is a program a lot of libraries do all over the country. It was first started by Anne Ferguson in Vermont," said Lacie McMillin, Children's Library technician and the coordinator of the StoryWalk.
"It's been a really fun event in the past, so that's why I wanted to do it again this year," she added.
Children and their parents were led outside the library where several signs were placed around the Maneuver Support of Excellence Plaza. Each sign contained one page of the book titled "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson. The children were tasked with reading a page from the book at several different stops. At the end of the walk, each child had finished the story all while taking part in some physical activity.
"The book is about a friendly witch who invites animals to sit on her broom but then when disaster strikes, it's those animals who end up saving her in the end," McMillin said.
Claretta Crawford, Bruce C. Clarke Library director, explained that after the children finished the book, they were able to trick-or-treat with the library staff, who were also dressed for the occasion.
Lydia and Luke Manuel, ages 6 and 4, were two of the many children who left the library with a smile on their face and a bucket full of candy.
"I was excited about today because "Room on the Broom" is my favorite book," said Lydia.
Her little brother agreed, smiling with a mouth full of candy. "I like the candy, it's really good," Luke said.
Crawford said to keep young children engaged in reading, you have to be creative and make it fun for them.
"It's a different format to reading a book and a great way to encourage adults to read with their children. You have to make reading fun for the kids, and this is a great way to do it, especially with it being Halloween," Crawford said.
"We want the parents and the kids to think of the library as a fun place to go, and a place where they can relax and have fun, but also be able to pick out some good books to take home to read," she said.