Whoooo’s Ready for an Owl StoryWalk?

In celebration of the 17th Annual International Festival of Owls, the Houston Public Library is hosting our third owl-themed StoryWalk, this time featuring “White Owl, Barn Owl” written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by John Michael Foreman. 

What in the world is a StoryWalk?  Well, imagine you and your kids are walking around downtown Houston and all along the way you keep coming across pages from a children’s picture book mounted in the windows of local businesses.  Before you know it, you’re reading a story as you go!    The concept of a StoryWalk was developed in 2007 by Anne Ferguson of Montpellier, Vermont, with the goal of “combining three critical elements for overall family health:  early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity.”

Our StoryWalk begins on the front door of the Houston Public Library, crosses over Sherman Street to the International Owl Center, heads around the corner to Grant Street and comes back to Cedar Street– so basically a trip around Houston’s busiest commercial block.  As the pages of “White Owl, Barn Owl” are prominently displayed in front windows/doors and are clearly visible from the sidewalk, you can go about your own StoryWalk at any time of day or night!  Have fun on your StoryWalk, dress appropriately, and don’t forget to support Houston’s local businesses that are making this event possible.   Questions?  Call the library at 507-896-READ!

Introduction:  Houston Public Library  —  202 East Cedar

Pages 1-2:  International Owl Center  —  126 East Cedar

Pages 3-4:  Bremer Bank  —  108 East Cedar

Pages 5-6:  Snow’s Beauty Salon  —  134 South Grant

Page 7-8:  United States Post Office  —  127 South Grant

Page 9-10:  American Legion Club  —  121 South Grant

Page 11-12:  H&R Block  —  109 South Grant

Page 13-14:  Cox True Value Hardware  —  101 South Grant

Page 15-16: Carlson Coffee Roasting & Mini-Doughnut Lab  —  101 West Cedar

Page 17-18:  Barista’s Coffee House  —  110 North Grant

Page 19-20:  Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance  —  115 East Cedar

Page 21-22:  Root River Market Cooperative  —  119 East Cedar

Page 23-24:  JT’s Corner Bar & Grill  —  125 East Cedar