From KUT Austin:
There is no gathering in a circle on the floor while the teacher reads a story. There are no trips to the library together for activities.
“Things have been really different this year,” Amy Rattananinad, the librarian at Dawson Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District, says. “We’ve had to get really creative with the ways we serve our students.”
One of these creative solutions is a story stroll. The idea is to take a picture book and blow up each page, print it out, laminate it, and place each page a few feet from the next outside a school.
A group of AISD librarians saw a similar project in Vermont and decided to recreate it. Rattananinad says it’s a simple idea, but she and the other librarians hope it creates a new experience for students in a year when so much was taken away.
“We can create these reading experiences for students that are COVID safe, where friends can spread out and enjoy the fresh air,” she says.