Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park partner to offer 'StoryWalk' at Cheney Mansion

A free family experience joining literacy, fitness and fun

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Oak Park, IL– Joining early literacy, physical activity and family fun in a beautiful outdoor setting, Oak Park Public Library's StoryWalk® at Cheney Mansion begins Saturday, Sept. 7, and runs through Saturday, Oct 5. The walk features children's picture book Oh, No! by local author Candace Fleming and award-winning illustrator Eric Rohmann. This month-long event is free and open to the public whenever the mansion grounds are open at 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. An opening reception with complimentary refreshments at the mansion begins at 10 am Saturday, Sept 7.

"StoryWalk is an innovative way to join people of all ages, getting them out walking, reading and having fun," says Lori Pulliam, Branch Services Manager, Oak Park Public Library. "Pages of an actual book are transformed into lawn signs that are then laid out on a trail. Families, children, caregivers, teachers and others follow the path, and enjoy a great story together."

"It is a pleasure to partner with the Oak Park Public Library on this program which encourages literacy while welcoming new and returning visitors to the Cheney Mansion grounds," says Poppy Vogel, Cheney Mansion Operations Supervisor. "I think our guests will particularly enjoy the newly restored waterfall garden featured along the StoryWalk trail."

The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

About Candace Fleming
Local author, Candace Fleming has written many popular and critically acclaimed picture books and non-fiction titles for children, including the story time favorite Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

About Eric Rohmann
River Forest illustrator and author Eric Rohmann won the 2003 Caledcott Medal for his children's book My Friend Rabbit (Roaring Brook Press/ Millbrook Press). The medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children," and is one of the most prestigious American children's book awards. In My Friend Rabbit, Mouse shares his brand-new toy airplane with his friend Rabbit, and no one can predict the disastrous—but hilarious—results.

Meet Eric Rohmann
The community is invited to meet Eric Rohmann at a library anniversary picnic in Scoville Park at noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Learn more about the library's Anniversary Celebration, marking 110 years as a public library in Oak Park and 10 years in the current Main Library building at 834 Lake St., at oppl.org/anniversary

About Oak Park Public Library
Founded as a public library in 1903, the Oak Park Public Library serves 53,000 residents through three building locations, offering fiction and nonfiction titles, audiobooks, ereaders, movies, music, video games, magazines, newspapers, public computers, free WiFi and local history information. Through oppl.org and a custom app, the library provides a 24-hour librarian reference service, ebooks, digital music, online tools, continuing education courses, digital archives and more. For more information, visit oppl.org or call 708.383.8200.

About the Park District of Oak Park
The Park District of Oak Park, created in 1912, serves the recreational needs of the 53,000 residents of Oak Park, providing over 3,000 recreation programs and special events annually. Overseen by a Board of five elected officials, the District owns an Administrative Center, two outdoor pools, an indoor ice rink, the Oak Park Conservatory, Cheney Mansion, Pleasant Home, a gymnastics center, seven recreation centers plus 13 parks totaling 80 acres of parkland. In partnership with the community, the Park District enriches lives by providing meaningful experiences through program

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