The Town of Ladysmith and the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) extended a storybook walk pilot program that launched on Family Day last year.
The community-based initiative promotes literacy and has inspired hundreds of participants, according to the town.
Children and families explore the pages of a book that are installed along a path, while at the same time participating in physical activity. The local installation winds its way around the playground and through the nearby forest trail.
The LRCA is providing funding to support the continuation of the storybook walk at Kinsmen Park/Brown Drive Park until the end of the year. Throughout the pandemic, the LRCA pivoted its Adventures in Early Literacy program outside to allow children to safely gather.
Behind the words on the pages is a story of community coming together – whether it is through the donations of books, collaboration with local schools or the broad support from local organizations and businesses.
A few highlights of the project, according to the town, include the Ladysmith Maritime Society joining forces with LRCA to hold a special presentation at the park for the kindergarten classes from Ladysmith Primary School to coincide with Ladysmith Pirate Days; children submitting original ocean-themed artwork for World Oceans Day and two hundred literacy bags being assembled by volunteers and handed out to 113 kindergarten students.
On Sept. 26 the town and the LRCA have organized a celebration for Peter Reynold’s children’s book The Dot, an international bestsellerthat celebrates creativity, courage and collaboration. The LRCA’s Adventures in Early Literacy program will be at the storybook walk at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with art supplies, chalk and physical literacy activities.