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Concord Branch Library Partners with the CDDC to Create a “Progressive Story Book” Downtown

Nov 08, 2017 03:03PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Recently, the Concord Public Library partnered with the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) to create a “progressive story book,” essentially a story walk, in downtown Concord. 

This Progressive Story Book includes pages from the children’s book Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer, along with supplementary literacy-based activities. The pages are framed individually and have been placed in windows throughout downtown. Families can traverse Union Street while reading and interacting with the story. For example, a page featuring crows asks participants to pretend to be a crow and flap their wings or “caw.”

Yellow Time was selected as the first book in this Progressive Story Book project because they wanted something seasonal. "So, we pulled a lot of fall books looking for something that would work in this setting," Amanda Wilkerson, the children’s librarian in Concord, told us. "We looked for: engaging illustrations, room for a lot of open ended questions, parts we could act out, minimal text, and a story that didn’t lose anything if you had to wait a few minutes to get to the next page."

Senior Library Assistant Elizabeth Baltes said that, "Our goals for this story walk are (1) to engage parents and children by reading, (2) to encourage folks to spend time downtown, and (3) to build literacy skills while doing a fun activity." She continued to say, "This is a passive program which allows families to participate at their own pace without worrying about completing a form or competing for a prize." 

When we asked how the idea came about, Wilkerson told us, "Basically, it started with librarians in Vermont. I first heard about it at a workshop where some NC librarians presented on their own stories."

Ultimately, this library and CDDC collaboration would like to see this project evolve into something more permanent, hopefully including work from local artists and authors.

"We would like to continue this project by swapping out different stories throughout the year, possibly eventually doing something more elaborate or permanent with a local artist or author," Baltes said.

This walk is expected to remain in place for about a month or two, there is no set end date at the moment.

Participating Businesses:

ShoeBeeDo (Where the first page resides.)
Hive & Co.
The Bead Lady
Viva Boutique
Hip Hip HooWray
The Basement Arcade
Baucom Shoe Store
Enchanted Kitchen, Ye Ole Apothecary (2)
Not Just Franks
Cabo Winery
Neta’s Ladies and Childrens' Store
The Grill at 11 Union
J. Talbert, Ltd.
Griffin Architecture
Chocolatier Barrucand
Shades of Blue Salon and Spa


Keep up with other fun things that the Cabarrus County Public Library System is doing here.

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