By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterApril 26, 2018
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Storytelling will come to life along the scenic trails of Fort Rucker's Beaver Lake during StoryWalk May 5 from 9-11 a.m.
The event, an Army STRONG B.A.N.D.S. and Children's Book Week activity, is hosted in conjunction by the Center Library and the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Centers.
According to Cameron Hill, Center Library youth librarian, the event will feature a reading of "You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Numeroff along with other activities and a tent will be setup at the trail head to welcome attendees.
"Because it's a mile-long trail, I try to include another engaging activity to go along with the reading and strolling portion," she said. "This year, if they choose to, participants can take part in a scavenger hunt bingo game."
Hill added that Beaver Lake Trail provides the perfect location for a Saturday morning outing.
"It's a lovely, well-maintained trail, and it's mostly shaded," she said. "It's paved as well and is ideal for strollers."
Attendees should dress casually and wear their most comfortable walking shoes, Hill said.
The event is open to the public and to all ages. Hill added that it is the perfect opportunity for families to get out of the house for a while and be active.
"This StoryWalk is the perfect opportunity for parents to model a healthy lifestyle for their kids," she said. "It's a great way for everyone to get out and enjoy nature.
"The benefits of being active for young children include healthy growth and development, building strong bones and muscles, improving cardiovascular fitness, and improving balance, coordination, and strength," she added. "Moreover, any sort of physical activity can be stress relieving for any age."
StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, in 2007 and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, according to the library's website. The event has since expanded to 50 states and 12 countries, including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.
"When I created the StoryWalk Project in 2007, I knew I had a great idea -- I just didn't anticipate how well it would be received across the country and beyond," Ferguson wrote in an official release on the library's website. "The idea was quite simple, actually. Take the pages from a children's picture book, attach each one to a stake and line them up along a path for folks to read and enjoy."
For more information about StoryWalk, visit http://kellogghubbard.org/storywalk.
For more information about the event, call 255-3885.