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Storytime in the Park returns to Hope this summer

The offering for youths takes place on Tuesdays throughout July

A popular summer event is rolling back the clock as Story Time in the Park returns to its pre-COVID ways.

After being adapted for COVID in 2021 and cancelled entirely in 2020, it’s full speed ahead in 2022 with free books, snacks, crafts and games.

Presented by Hope Community Services (HCS) and several community partners, Story Time in the Park takes place every Tuesday in July, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park.

One of the highlights is the story walk.

“We’ll have pages from a book posted about five feet apart, where you can walk and read the story,” said Acacia Martin from Hope Community Services.

The first book, being presented July 5 is The Book of Awe by Natasha Tessier.

That’ll be followed by What Matters, by Allison Hughes and Holly Hatam, on July 13.

July 19 brings A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood and the final story walk features Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey.

The event is targeted towards youths ages 3-10, though that isn’t a set-in-stone rule.

Participants will be able to take books home with them each week.

“This event is to build community and connections and encourage that sense of belonging within the community,” Martin said. “Also, to share the inter-generational joy of reading.”

Community partners include Read Right Society, Hope and Area Transition Society, Decoda Literacy Solutions, Envision Financial and Child Care Resource and Referral.

Registration each day is at 10 a.m. and you can get more info by emailing amartin@hopecommunityservices.com

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