VPL Introduces Storywalk: Bringing the Library Outdoors


A new story is waiting to be told at select City trails! Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) and the City’s Public Works portfolio are bringing the library outdoors with StoryWalk – a global program that promotes literacy, health and exercise in communities around the world. 

As citizens walk along select City trails, they will discover large panels showcasing colourful pages of nature-based children’s books. With each step, the story unfolds one page at a time in this immersive and interactive experience, launched on the heels of Canadian Children’s Book Week, which ran from Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8. This is the perfect opportunity for residents to get active outdoors with their little adventurers – while staying close to home!

StoryWalk is available along the following public trails: 
Ward 1 – Lawford Park – Book: Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
Ward 2 – Nort Johnson District Park – Book: If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay
Ward 3 – Mackenzie Glen District Park – Book: It’s a Mitig! by Bridget George
Ward 4 – Sugarbush Heritage Park – Book: Stego-Cumulus by Hilary Leung
Ward 5 – Marita Payne Park – Book: My Forest is Green by Darren Lebeuf and Ashley Barron

All five books are written by a diverse range of Canadian authors with each story focusing on aspects of nature, such as the plant growth cycle, cloud watching, animals or urban forestry. VPL partnered with several Canadian publishers to bring the StoryWalk program to Vaughan. 

Recently, I was able to tour the Ward 4 selection with my family. Stego-Cumulus by Hilary Leung will provide plenty of clouds to watch out for, celebrating friendships and different perspectives, and perhaps most importantly: being in the moment. At the end of the book, there is some more information about different cloud types, so when you step outside of the park, you’ll be well equipped to identify what clouds are in the skies above you! I am sure you and your family will enjoy it as well!

If visiting a trail in your area, use the hashtags #LoveVPL and #PlayVaughanLocal on social media and share pictures and videos of your outdoor fun with your community. For more details, visit vaughanpl.info/storywalk. When visiting a StoryWalk trail, please remember to follow public health guidelines, including physically distancing at least six feet (two metres) from others, wearing a mask or face covering if distancing cannot be maintained, and thoroughly washing and sanitizing hands for the safety of everyone in the community. Go explore a StoryWalk Trail today – it’s a great way to explore what our libraries have to offer while enjoying the wonderful outdoors!