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Maple Syrup Season to replace The Snowy Day as StoryWalk exhibit

New Richmond

As the snow disappeared, it was time for the The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to disappear from the StoryWalk in Mary Park. The newly installed picture book featured in the StoryWalk is titled Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell.

The story talks about the process of making maple syrup, a process which begins by tapping trees in the spring. As you drive around the countryside, you may see bright blue bags or big white buckets hanging on tree trunks or hoses strung between maple trees in the woods. If you've ever wondered what happens to the sap and how maple syrup is made once this collection is complete, you'll want to check out this newly installed story which tells of one family's experiences as they spend time in their grandfather's woods each spring.

If you'd like to learn even more about the syrup making process, the Friday Memorial Library youth services staff will be in Mary Park hosting a REAL TASTE of the newest StoryWalk at noon, April 8. It will be a fun, educational, and tasty event. Pancakes and real maple syrup will be available free while supplies last. Members of the Lenz family of Threshing Table Farm in Star Prairie will be joining us to discuss the process of making maple syrup and to show us some of the equipment they use in the woods, such as spikes and hoses.

While past StoryWalks — Firefly Night and The Snowy Day — have focused on early literacy skills (read, write, sing, talk, and play), this walk will have a S.T.R.E.A.M. focus — Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. While following a similar format as the previous stories, people walking the path will get the chance to take part in activities likely to have children creating hypotheses and solving problems at each of the 16 frames. The activities are meant to have kids and adults interacting with the book, which is just one of the goals StoryWalk.

Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library, created the StoryWalk Project. StoryWalks have been installed in all 50 states and 11 different countries. The New Richmond Storywalk in Mary Park was funded in part by a grant from the New Richmond Area Community Foundation. Permission to use this Maple Syrup Season was given by Holiday House Books and illustrator Jill Weber.

Submitted by the Friday Memorial Library