Library to launch new StoryWalk with downtown businesses

Published 4:23 pm Friday, February 26, 2021

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The Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library branch in Franklin, in partnership with the City of Franklin, Franklin Southampton Economic Development, and 16 downtown businesses, announces the launch of “A Walk with BRL Through Downtown Franklin” starting March 1 and continuing all month long to celebrate early literacy and the legacy of Dr. Seuss, while also helping highlight the businesses of downtown Franklin.

Families can pick up their StoryWalk Passport at the Franklin branch library, then proceed to the start of the “Green Eggs and Ham” StoryWalk, which begins at Kathara Spa and continues to Tiers to You, where pages from the book will appear in storefront windows as families stroll across downtown Franklin, getting their passport signed at each business, or find the sticker on each page at the contactless participants. Once completed, they can return their “completed” passport to the Franklin branch, 280 N. College Drive, for a special treat and to be entered into the drawing for a gift card to a local business.

Other participants are Parker, Clark & Crumpler, PBG Salon and Spa, VPC Gourmet Market, Coldwell Banker, Eyecare 108, Kilby’s Florist, Resale Boutique, Lavender and Lace, Smith’s Jewelers, The Cat’s Meow, The Busy Bee, Mackans, SERVE and Storehouse Coffee.

“We’re thrilled to be able to reprise our successful Storywalk from the holidays with this new Dr. Seuss-themed StoryWalk that enables families to safely experience a fun and educational program, while also bringing renewed attention to many of the great downtown businesses that serve as the heart of the City of Franklin,” said library director Ben Neal and Ruth C. Campbell Library manager Stephanie Sproul.

They continued, “The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and we developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. ‘A Walk With BRL Through Downtown Franklin’ was created through a partnership with the Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library and the City of Franklin.”

Kasey and Delia Square, proprietors of Storehouse Coffee, said, “We are excited to be a part of the StoryWalk once again. It’s always a joy to see new faces in our shop, and to see children out and about, and excited about reading!”

Storehouse also has a “good faith library” in their shop for children and adults where customers can take any book you like and keep it or return it to promote reading in our community.

For more information, call Sproul at 757-562-4801.