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A story walk for all ages at Quesnel’s West Fraser Timber Park

Local children’s story on display around a baseball diamond
”The Little Trolls from Norway” by local author Gina Frisby is the latest StoryWalk by Literacy Quesnel. (Literacy Quesnel Society/Facebook)

The young and young at heart have a chance to enjoy some outdoor reading at West Fraser Timber Park.

Literacy Quesnel’s latest StoryWalk features the tale of two ski-loving trolls from Norway that came to Canada and created a community ski hill (Troll Ski Resort) in “The Little Trolls from Norway” by local author Gina Frisby.

Outreach coordinator Lacey Kvist guessed the society has hosted about 20 StoryWalks for the past year-and-a-half. She said they have been fortunate with the level of support.

“We were doing temporary StoryWalks, but received funding from the Quesnel Community Foundation during their last funding cycle to buy permanent fixtures,” Kvist said.

“The city has also been fabulous and has given their permission for us to be able to put up the permanent fixtures on the fence along the Riverfront Trail.”

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The newest StoryWalk is currently at West Fraser Timber Park due to an ice jam on the Quesnel River which closed a portion of the Riverfront Trail.

Kvist said StoryWalks are a fun, educational way for families and children to get out and engage with books in a different and active way.

She typically receives several messages each month from pleased participants.

“I think some of my favorite comments that I receive are from seniors saying they had started going to the StoryWalk to take their grandchildren, but even when they don’t have their grandchildren, they still love going out and reading them.”

Literacy Quesnel has also been fortunate with the number of children’s authors within the community, some of whom have donated their books for StoryWalk.

For $50, the community members can support a story in the StoryWalk, covering the costs of purchasing two physical books and laminating them.

In addition to StoryWalks, Quesnel Literacy also hosts the Tales and Trails program that Kvist said they hope to start up again at the end of February.

They will be providing free grab bags for children ages 3-11 to mark Family Literacy Week on Saturday, Jan. 29.

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