Storybook Trail at Ferndale Park Opens October 14

Looking for a fun outdoor activity for children ages 3 to 9? Beginning Friday, Oct. 14, Sheffield Lake’s Storybook Trail opens at Ferndale Park, 4280 Ferndale Ave., between Allen and Rowelyn Avenues. A ribbon cutting will be held that morning at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, and everyone is invited.

Young children, accompanied by parents, grandparents, older siblings, caregivers and teachers, will have a chance to walk in nature while enjoying picture book stories specially selected for them. As they walk, they stop at one of 17 stations to read a portion of the story, then continue to the next station until the conclusion of both the story and the trail.

It’s a perfect way to combine physical activity with literacy as young children can be encouraged to read aloud or be read to as they walk from station to station. Picture books help beginning readers understand what they are reading.

A collaboration between the city, Lorain Public Library System, Friends of Domonkas Library and Northcoast Rotary, the trail is about a half mile in length.

The story featured during October is “Bonaparte Falls Apart” by Marjery Cuyler. This Halloween-themed story is about a skeleton who is falling to pieces and needs help pulling himself together. Will his pals Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula have ideas to help him?

Domonkas Library staff will install a new story every month from April through November.

Parking is available on the west side of the park.

The public is asked to report any vandalism immediately by calling the Sheffield Lake Service Department – 440-949-6259.