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Destination Downtown: Massanutten Regional Library’s StoryWalk

March 25, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

We were thrilled to get a sneak peek of Massanutten Regional Library’s upcoming StoryWalk project last week! Made possible by a Destination Downtown grant from HDR, StoryWalk is an interactive, kid-friendly, fun, and free new way to explore Downtown Harrisonburg— while also enjoying a diverse selection of childrens’ stories with messages and lessons that you’ll feel good sharing with your family.

StoryWalk will guide you on a self-paced walking tour of fifteen shops and restaurants in Downtown Harrisonburg, starting and ending at the Library, as you follow the pages of a story. Each location will have a poster in their front window displaying two pages of the featured story and directions to the next stop. As you make your way around Downtown, you’ll enjoy reading the entire book, and hopefully discover some great new places!


Books from downtown Harrisonburg library

MRL’s StoryWalk will kick off the first week of April (in time for First Fridays!) and continue through the end of the year. The featured stories will change every two months, for a total of four new stories to enjoy— completely for free. The first featured book will be award-winning Indigo Blume and the Garden City by Kwame Alexander, a beautifully illustrated tale of a young girl who helps her community go green by building a rooftop garden. All of the featured stories will be as bright and diverse as the Harrisonburg community itself, including one book that will be presented in bilingual English and Spanish.

We look forward to this exciting new way for families to enjoy Downtown, and are thrilled to see the community impact of our Destination Downtown grants in action. HDR and MRL want to see your journey along the StoryWalk— please use hashtag #MRLStoryWalk if you post about it on social media!

Flyer for family fun local activity