Storywalks now open at select libraries in the Jackson George Regional Library System

Looking for a good socially distanced and educational activity to do with your kids? Select libraries in Jackson and George counties are now offering the public an opportunity to take part in Storywalks.

Story time is no longer constrained to the four walls of a building in Jackson and George counties. Children and their families are now welcome to take a stroll in nature at the Gautier, Lucedale, Ocean Springs, St. Martin, and Vancleave libraries. Jackson-George Regional Library Youth Services Coordinator Bethany Carlisle said, “We have done Storywalks in our library system in the past, but when COVID started and as we were looking at summer, summer was a bit hot. It was pretty warm outside. I just knew that this would be a great idea for families.”

While Jackson and George County libraries are still operating on an appointment only system due to COVID-19, the Storywalks give kids the opportunity to visit the library and read new books again safely.  Gautier Public Library Youth Services Librarian Donna Holifield said, “It’s outdoors and I believe that that kind of influences the reception of and the feeling of happiness during their learning process and it’s just motivation.”

Laminated pages from children’s books are placed along an outdoor path at each library and kids can follow them from beginning to end.

There are different books at each of the five participating library locations. On Mondays, all those books are switched out for new ones. “I tried to pick a lot of topics that had to do with science or STEM. We have one book over in Ocean Springs right now about yoga. You know, we have books about camping. I just tried to get a variety.”

All the Storywalks can be found on library grounds with the exception of Ocean Springs which is held at the Little Children’s Park on Washington Avenue and Lucedale which is across the street at City Park.

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