Heights Libraries and the Cedar Lee District are pleased to announce their collaboration on the neighborhood’s first story walk, featuring the timeless children’s favorite The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
A story walk is a family-friendly, outdoor activity where pages of a book are presented along a popular walking route for people to read in order as they move through the neighborhood. The reproduced pages of the book are featured in windows along Lee Road at local merchants S’Wonderful Gifts, Dewey’s Pizza, CLE Urban Winery, Heights Arts, The Wine Spot, Voodoo Brewery, Atma Center, and the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries.
The installation of the Heights Libraries-Cedar Lee District story walk coincides with the beginning of the holiday shopping season, specifically Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and last until January 4, to finish out the holidays.
“We wanted to find a way to promote our local businesses and offer our families a fun, safe holiday activity, too,” said Kelley Robinson, director of the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District, or SID. “We hope that while families are enjoying the story, they’ll do some holiday shopping in the district.”
Robinson added, “I think folks will appreciate a reason to get outdoors, especially with so many of the wee ones learning from home this year due to COVID-19. Household groups can walk together safely, while easily maintaining a safe distance from others.”
Heights Libraries hopes the story walk will also inspire families to make books, movies, and music from the library part of their holiday routines.
“With school winter breaks heading our way, we hope our community remembers to stock up on books and movies while everyone is home,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “Even though our buildings are closed, customers can still pick up books and movies curbside, and also enjoy our free online streaming services for music, movies and TV shows and eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and other services.”
Levin continued, “The Library is happy to create this beautiful display for families and to partner with the SID once again to promote Small Business Saturday.”
Story Walk stops, in book order:
1. S’Wonderful Gifts, 2254 Lee Road
2. Dewey’s Pizza, 2194 Lee Road
3. CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Road
4. Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road
5. The Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road
6. Voodoo Brewery, 2279 Lee Road
7. Atma Center, 2319 Lee Road
8. Heights Libraries Lee Road branch (Lee Road side), 2345 Lee Road