Increasing literacy, especially among children, is something that libraries take very seriously. So when the East Lansing Public Library
was approached by Michigan State University (MSU) Museum regarding a collaborative effort that would bring a story to life for children in the community, they were immediately excited.
The story - Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer
- was the story chosen, and method decided on for bringing the book to life is an interactive Story Walk. Collaborating to bring stories to life is something the ELPL and the MSU Museum have done before together with great success. Over the summer, a braille enhanced Story Walk was installed in downtown East Lansing, and at the annual Dino Dash 5K Run they've worked together to host a dinosaur themed story time for kids. So this made perfect sense.
Eva Weihl, Children’s Librarian at ELPL, worked with the MSU Museum
team to select the perfect book that wouldeast lansing pair well with their displays. "We're so excited to partner with the MSU Museum on this project to help grow a love of science, reading and literacy of all sorts in the East Lansing community." she says.
This Story Walk, which will be available at the MSU Museum through February 2019, allows children and families to experience the story in a completely new way, while also interacting with the museum's natural exhibits, tying them both together in a fun and unique way.
"Collaborating with the ELPL on this project allowed us to see great new possibilities in our museum spaces." says Denice Blair, co-manager of the MSU Museum Education Team. "The StoryWalk panels draw visitors into the beauty of the story, and then enrich connections with the highlighted animal specimens."
So if you're looking for an exciting new way for your kids to learn about nature and increase their reading skills while having fun, then this experience is for you. Head down to the MSU museum anytime between now and the end of February, and enjoy the Story Walk. You never know - you may even learn something new yourself.
Source: Eva Weihl, Children’s Librarian at ELPL
Writer: Sarah Hillman, News Editor
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