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IceFest StoryWalk aims to get 'people to read, listen and imagine'

Pages of 'The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail' are at 17 storefronts along Main Street in Chambersburg

January 31, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Families visiting IceFest in Chambersburg this week can take steps through a tale in the festival’s accompanying StoryWalk.

In StoryWalk, adults and children can stop at 17 storefronts along Main Street to read pages of a book. The route starts at Coyle Free Library at 102 N. Main St., where brochures will be available.

Guided walks are scheduled for 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through the Chambersburg Evening Lions Club, which is sponsoring StoryWalk.

“We have managed to involve most of our members in this program,” said Merrilynn Kessler, who spearheaded the effort.

The StoryWalk concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

A retired librarian, Kessler said she knew the Franklin County (Pa.) Library System had three books available for StoryWalk. The one selected for IceFest is “The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail” by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

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Participants can start at the library and walk south to begin the story. They will cross the street and return north to end at Twice Read Books.

The Lions Club International president has been emphasizing efforts to improve literacy and access to reading materials, according to Kessler. That made StoryWalk seem like a perfect fit, she said.

Kessler said she hopes families find StoryWalk to be a good time to spend together. Pages are presented at eye level for children.

“We want people to read, listen and imagine,” she said.

The Chambersburg Evening Lions Club has 22 members.

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