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Families are invited to visit West Waluga Park this August to read 'Daniel Finds a Poem'

Ever want to read a book but also get your steps in? The Lake Oswego Public Library has you covered.

The library debuted its annual story walk at West Waluga Park Aug. 1. A story walk blows up the pages of the illustrated children's book and displays them around the urban park. As they walk the loopy path, families can read along. The walking route is less than 500 yards.

Story walks originated from Vermont several years ago but became popular during the pandemic as libraries tried to cater towards their audience while maintaining social distancing. The concept inspired a surge of interactive installations across the United States, and Lake Oswego was no exception.

The book chosen this time was "Daniel Finds a Poem" by Micha Archer. Through illustrations, the book tells the story of Daniel, a child who explores his neighborhood park looking for poetry and discovers that poems are everywhere and in everyone.

According to research conducted by Boston Children's Museum, children can learn to read faster and improve their comprehension through interactive activities like a story walk.

The visual storytelling will be up in the park until Aug. 31. Community members are also invited to sign their names in the guestbook at the end of the walk to let the librarians know who enjoyed the exhibit.

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