“Ruby’s Birds” – A live, outdoor event to launch our new Story Path

Saturday, March 27th 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Patio, Library entrance

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Appropriate for young children age 2.5 – 7 with caregivers.  We appreciate your advance registration, so that we can prepare sufficient crafts for all children who would like one!   Thank you for wearing face coverings (3+) during the story and at the craft tables.  Families who are exploring the Story Path are asked to maintain 6 feet distance from others outside of their household.

Our library will offer a Story Path  set outside of the building for families to read at their convenience!  The first story installation will be a collaboration with Longwood Gardens’ Community Read program.  They have generously provided the materials to build our first outdoor exhibit using the children’s picture book Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, along with admission passes.

Today’s live program will include a read-aloud of Ruby’s Birds by Ms. Sharon.  We will offer some preschool-level crafts and family activities relating to the story, and tips on how to maximize your enjoyment of the Story Path.

We will also welcome nature expert and local Library partner Lindsey Andrews, who will offer some great tips on attracting birds to your garden habitat!

We’ve developed a brochure for families to read the book using intentional early literacy strategies.  The brochure also asks you to provide feedback to us about your Story Path visit.  Turn in your brochure at our service desk to qualify your family group for a chance to win a pass to visit Longwood Gardens!  You may visit the Story Path more than once, and we’ll count each unique visit (different days) as a chance (up to 3 chances per family group) to win a pass.   Repeated readings build fluency, and will make your child a ‘winner’ regardless of the luck of the draw!

The first drawing will be held on the day of the launch event (March 27 or rain date April 10), and a subsequent new winner will be chosen each week while Ruby’s Birds is displayed outside the Library!  One prize per family, please!

Thanks to Longwood Gardens for providing the books and prizes for this program; and to the Solanco Family Life Network for the upcycled signs!  Grant funding through the CARES act provided construction materials