Grants Pass - Josephine Community Library has partnered with downtown Grants Pass businesses to participate in a storybook walk as part of the library’s summer reading program. Getting children outside during the summer months.
In the windows of local businesses are pages of the classic poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth. Families are able to pick up a map from the Grants Pass welcome center or download it online.
Owner of Wild Rogue Emporium has page one in her store window. She says this activity gets people to come in the local stores to socialize and explore downtown. “It brings people in. They come out and read it and move on to the next story the next page,” says Bertaggia.
“it’s Community, exercise, and interaction with the stores, staff, or whoever it is, that’s huge right now, everybody wants to talk to everybody,” says Bertaggia.
Other store owners such as Angela Padilla, the owner of Cultured Palate, says this program is a great way for children to access books while supporting the library.
“it gets their heads out of their phones and computers and be able to read a book – not just online but to have access to that – I don’t want to lose that,” says Padilla.
The storybook walk will be available for the month of July. All participating businesses include Travel Grants Pass Welcome Center, Wild Rogue Emporium, Cultured Palate, Listen Here, Rogue Barbers, Elegance Antique Mall, Plaza Sewing, The Kitchen Company, and G.G. Sugarplum’s Bakeshop.