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Franklinville/Seagrove Library Manager Charity Neave Johnson stands at a Storywalk panel in Franklinville’s Riverside Park, which opened last year.

Three more Storywalks will open in April

Children and their families in Archdale Randleman and Seagrove will be able to take a stroll with a book as Storywalks go up in community parks. 


The Storywalks — panels containing consecutive pages of a children’s book, spaced along an outdoor path — are being installed in Creekside Park in Archdale (214 Park Dr), 400 South Stout Street Park in Randleman, and Clay Presnell Memorial Park (5129 Seagrove Plank Road) in Seagrove. Funded by a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, they join two established last year at Riverside Park in Franklinville and Paul Henry Smith Park in Liberty. Local libraries will host inaugural events at each park in April.

Archdale’s Storywalk Kickoff: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 29, will feature a live animal show at 10:30 a.m. with Wild Tails NC. Kids can complete an activity quiz and qualify for a grand prize drawing for a scooter and a helmet. 


Randleman’s Springtime in the Park Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, will include a Storywalk Challenge with a prize at the end; face painting and balloon animals; a “Stones & Bones” fossil display with an opportunity to dig for fossils to take home; an egg and spoon race; and a rubber chicken toss. The kick-off follows the Randleman Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-12 in the park at 10 a.m., featuring 8,000-plus eggs and lots of prizes. Participants can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and join in an Easter Egg Decoration Competition.


The Seagrove Storywalk Festival: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, will feature animals from around the world with Wild Tails of NC, as well as challenges and activities such as Giant Jenga, Giant Bubbles, and face painting for a chance to win a prize. The Kona Ice Truck also will be present. 


After the kickoff events, books in the Storywalks —all of which are presented in bilingual format — will be changed out monthly. The panels also will include information about early literacy and resources available at the library and in the community. The Storywalk project is a partnership among the library, the Randolph Partnership for Children, and the municipalities of Archdale, Randleman and Seagrove. The project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.