Live the story at Delco’s StoryWalk!

Delaware County Councilman Dave White (first row, middle) was joined by students from The Discovery Tree Learning Educational Children’s Program on Tuesday June 20th to launch StoryWalk's newest book: El Perro con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale.

¡Vive la historia en el StoryWalk de Delco!

Delaware County Council was joined by members of Library Services and students from The Discovery Tree Learning Educational Children’s Program on June 20th in Rose Tree Park to launch the newest StoryWalk title, El Perro con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale, an engaging children’s story, in both English and Spanish, written by Derek Taylor Kent and illustrated by Jed Henry.

The story tells the tale of a lonely street dog named Pepe and his journey to find a loving family. Pepe gains fame after a gust of wind lands a sombrero on his head, but to Pepe fame is meaningless without the love of a family.

Children and their parents are invited stroll along the 19 plexi-glass panel displays posted on a .25-mile circle located behind the Parks and Recreation office, and up the hill from the amphitheater. They can read each colorful page and then walk, skip or run to the next page. The stories change quarterly. Delaware County Council and Delaware County Libraries launched the program in the fall of 2016 with The Bus for Us, written by Suzanne Bloom.

“We are thrilled to once again launch a new StoryWalk book in Rose Tree Park,” said Councilman Dave White. “The newest book is just in time for summer break and its gives our residents a free and educational place to bring their families. We know that success in literacy begins at an early age and we not only want to encourage that, we also want to foster a love for reading among our youth.”

El Perro con Sombreo: A Bilingual Doggy Tale is the first bilingual StoryWalk book to be featured in our area. Delaware County Libraries is excited to offer this diverse program to residents of the county that may not speak English as their first language.

“Giving children who might not speak English as their first language the opportunity to participate in StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park is fundamental to our mission,” said Delaware County Libraries Director Catherine Bittle. “A bilingual storybook also serves as a learning opportunity to our young readers, they can try reading the book in both Spanish and English!”

StoryWalk is the creation of Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt.  Delaware County’s StoryWalk panels were installed at Rose Tree Park with assistance from students at Williamson College of the Trades.

StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park is free and open during park hours. The StoryWalk is geared for children ages 1 to 7.

Delaware County Libraries is an agency of county government that provides support services for 26 independent member libraries. For information about the wide range of library services available to all county residents, visit: www.delcolibraries.org.

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