Book it to Worthington Libraries for a seasonal stroll

Worthington Libraries’ Story Strolls, which we started in 2021 as a way to offer socially distanced programming, have been a big success. It’s fun for library staff to see families gathered in the north parking lot at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., where all Strolls start, reading the first few pages of the latest featured book hanging in the meeting room windows.

If you’re new to Story Strolls, here’s what happens: A seasonal picture book is chosen to feature for a month, and downtown Worthington businesses agree to hang individual pages of it in their High Street-facing windows. Maps of the complete route, available at the Old Worthington Library, may be picked up by families or anyone interested in strolling from business to business, reading the pages. Maps can also be downloaded from the library’s website, www.worthingtonlibraries.org.

Although we’ve only been doing this for a year, the Story Strolls have included some amazing books, like “Natsumi’s Song of Summer,” “Pick A Pumpkin,” “A Sled for Gabo,” “Best Day Ever!” and “Jabari Jumps.”

In October, “Halloween Is Coming” will be featured. The story, by Cal Everett, is told in rhyme and leads readers through all Halloween’s preparations, from the first signs of autumn through choosing a costume to trick-or-treating. The book is a celebration of the excitement children – and adults – feel as Halloween approaches.

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