Joining early literacy, physical activity and family fun in a beautiful outdoor setting, Oak Park Public Library and the Park District of Oak Park have teamed to offer StoryWalk® at Cheney Mansion, beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, and running through Saturday, Oct 5. The walk features children’s picture book Oh, No! by local author Candace Fleming and award-winning illustrator Eric Rohmann.

This month-long event is free and open to the public whenever the mansion grounds are open at 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park. An opening reception with complimentary refreshments at the mansion begins at 10 am Saturday, Sept. 7.

“StoryWalk is an innovative way to join people of all ages, getting them out walking, reading and having fun,” says Lori Pulliam, Branch Services Manager, Oak Park Public Library. “Pages of an actual book are transformed into lawn signs that are then laid out on a trail. Families, children, caregivers, teachers and others follow the path, and enjoy a great story together.”

“It is a pleasure to partner with the Oak Park Public Library on this program which encourages literacy while welcoming new and returning visitors to the Cheney Mansion grounds,” says Poppy Vogel, Cheney Mansion Operations Supervisor. “I think our guests will particularly enjoy the newly restored waterfall garden featured along the StoryWalk trail.”

The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

About Candace Fleming
Local author, Candace Fleming has written many popular and critically acclaimed picture books and non-fiction titles for children including the story time favorite Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

About Eric Rohmann
River Forest illustrator and author Eric Rohmann won the 2003 Caledcott Medal for his children’s book My Friend Rabbit. The medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children," and is one of the most prestigious American children's book awards. In My Friend Rabbit, Mouse shares his brand-new toy airplane with his friend Rabbit, and no one can predict the disastrous—but hilarious—results.

Meet Eric Rohmann
The community is invited to meet Eric Rohmann at a library anniversary picnic in Scoville Park at noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Learn more about the library’s Anniversary Celebration, marking 110 years as a public library in Oak Park and 10 years in the current Main Library building.