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A literacy stroll through the park

If you’ve been to Nose Creek Regional Park recently, you might have noticed laminated sheets of paper zip-tied to the light standards following the path that snakes through the park.

If you’ve been to Nose Creek Regional Park recently, you might have noticed laminated sheets of paper zip-tied to the light standards following the path that snakes through the park.

Two themes appear on these pieces of paper – a series of practical tips on early literacy, and the pages of an award-winning children’s book.

Throughout July and August, Airdrie Public Library (APL) is offering a do-it-at-your-own-pace program at Nose Creek Regional Park called the Rolling and Strolling Literacy Walk.

July featured the pages of Hilary Leung’s award-winning colourful and playful children’s book, Stego-cumulus. Sequentially broken down page by page, Leung’s book can be used along with the reading tips while you’re rolling and strolling through the park.

The tips include suggestions on reading stories with rhyming text, re-reading books, how it’s more important to have a positive reading experience than to finish a book, and many more useful ideas.

Stego-cumulus will be replaced in August with Robert Munsch’s delightful children’s book Roar. Again, the book will be sequentially broken down page by page and strapped to light standards.

The goal of this program is to promote new ways of thinking about literacy and to make reading more enjoyable for you and your child, with practical suggestions on how to work reading into everyday life.

As you stroll around the park, you can read the featured story with your child and put the literacy tips into practice at the same time.

APL would like to thank Scholastic Canada for allowing us to use their material for this story-walk through Nose Creek Park. Without the publisher’s generosity, we would not have been able to present this unique opportunity.

For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca




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