Downtown Iowa City July StoryWalk®

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Downtown Iowa City July StoryWalk®

July 1 - July 31

The Iowa City Downtown District is excited to announce its second Downtown Iowa City StoryWalk®! For the month of July, kids and families are invited to take a walk through Downtown and the Northside neighborhoods as they read pages from a book displayed in shop windows. For the safety of kids and attendees, the event can be enjoyed outside in the open air. To start the walk, kids and families can pick up the official map at the starting location and follow the marked path from store to store to read the book.

The Downtown Iowa City StoryWalk® will have two routes available. Begin with a Bee, a newly-released children’s book written by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Phyllis Root and illustrated by Iowa-native, Claudia McGehee, will have 20 stops throughout Downtown. Fishtastic!: A Tale of Magic and Friendship, written and illustrated by Iowa-natives Tess Weaver and Jennifer Black Reinhardt, will be another route that will take you through 12 stops in the Northside. You can also check out the inspiration for the book Fishtastic! at the Hancher Auditorium’s “Wellspring” art installation.
Both routes are approximately 1 mile long and you are able to enjoy the books at your own pace. Kids and families will be able to submit their map at the end of each route for a chance to win a copy of the books and a prize. Books are available for purchase at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Downtown Iowa City StoryWalk®
START: Iowa City Public Library
– Approximately: 0.8 mile – about 15 minutes
– Reading level: 4 – 9 years old
– Book: Begin with a Bee – written by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, and Phyllis Root

Northside StoryWalk®
START: r.s.v.p.
– Approximately: .4 miles – about 7 minutes
– Reading level: 4 – 11 years old
– Book: Fishtastic!: A Tale of Magic and Friendship – written by Tess Weaver

As a way to help promote reading and exercise, the StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT. It was developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. The Iowa City Downtown District is excited to hold another StoryWalk® after the great success of the event’s debut to bring the community together to bask in the summer sun, continue learning, and explore downtown in a new and exciting way.

You can find official maps and routes by clicking on the following links!


July 1
July 31
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