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Walk and Read

Clayton County Library Services and the Parks and Recreation Department invite you to visit our Walk and Read program. Walk and Read is intended to promote literacy among young children and to encourage nature exploration and physical fitness. The Walk and Read program features storybook pages posted on select walking trails at Clayton County parks. The parks include the Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow, Jester’s Creek Trail in Jonesboro, Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, and the Gerald Matthews Park in Lovejoy. Locations of the parks can be found here.

Program Info

The following is the list of books and the location schedule for the exhibit.

Reynolds Nature Preserve International Park Jester’s Creek Lovejoy Regional
14-February Mae Among the Stars The Mitten Silly Sally The Undefeated
28-February The Mitten Silly Sally The Undefeated Mae Among the Stars
14-March The Snowy Day The Undefeated Mae Among the Stars The Mitten
28-March The Undefeated Mae Among the Stars The Mitten Silly Sally
11-April Giraffes Can’t Dance Hurray for Spring In the Garden with Dr. Carver It’s Earth Day
25-April Hurray for Spring In the Garden with Dr. Carver It’s Earth Day Giraffes Can’t Dance
9-May In the Garden with Dr. Carver It’s Earth Day Giraffes Can’t Dance Hurray for Spring
23-May It’s Earth Day Giraffes Can’t Dance Hurray for Spring In the Garden with Dr. Carver
6-June Soul Food Sunday Vamos!  Let’s Cross the Bridge Eyes that Kiss in the Corners Itty Bitty Kitty Corn
20-June Vamos!  Let’s Cross the Bridge Eyes that Kiss in the Corners Itty Bitty Kitty Corn Soul Food Sunday
4-July Eyes that Kiss in the Corners Itty Bitty Kitty Corn Soul Food Sunday Vamos!  Let’s Cross the Bridge
18-July Itty Bitty Kitty Corn Soul Food Sunday Vamos!  Let’s Cross the Bridge Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

 

Since technology is a major part of our lives, QR codes accompany each page of the story. If you scan them with your cell phone, the codes will launch an audio file of someone reading the pages for the kids. As you walk the trail, you and your child can listen to the story unfold. Early readers really enjoy listening to stories. Also, there is a bit of movement with each page of the book, which should be a lot of fun for the whole family. Each book is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.  While walking the trail, just select the appropriate QR code to hear the book read in your preferred language.

We encourage to you visit each park to experience all of the books. On special occasions, grab-and-go activity kits will be available for your child at nearby libraries and recreation centers. Simply present a selfie of you and your child on the Walk and Read trail to the Library Services or Parks and Recreation staff and you’ll receive a packet, while supplies last.

Speaking of selfies, share your photos on social media with the hashtag, #CCWalkandRead and be sure to tag us @claytongalib and @claytoncountyparks.  You may be selected to win a free Clayton County Swag Bag! So, invite your friends, get moving, and have fun reading.

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