Monday, February 23, 2015

New Storywalk to Open at Cumming Library on March 7

The Storywalk in The Secret Garden has become a popular attraction for families at the Cumming Library, but now something else has taken up residence in the garden…fairies!

In partnership with the Forsyth County Master Gardeners, the Storywalk in The Secret Garden will be decorated with fairy houses and miniature fairy gardens. The Storywalk will feature the book Good Night, Fairies by Kathleen Hague and illustrated by Michael Hague.

Good Night, Fairies offers an imaginative journey through a hidden world where fairies are responsible for painting rainbows, hanging stars, and teaching birds to sing,” says Holly Raus, Storywalk organizer. “It’s a particularly good fit for The Secret Garden and the fairy houses we’re creating with the Master Gardeners because its colorful and dream-like illustrations help the reader imagine the wonder of what might be happening in nature that we often can’t observe for ourselves.”

Children in kindergarten through 5th grade that believe in the magic of fairies are invited to a special Build Your Own Fairy House event at the Cumming Library on Saturday, March 7 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Children can exercise their creativity and imagination as they use natural materials such as sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, nuts, and pinecones to create their own tiny fairy house.

Participants will hear about fairy legends and folklore while they build their houses, then they will be among the first to take a stroll through the newly installed Storywalk to search for tiny houses tucked among the leaves and bushes of The Secret Garden.

Space in the Build Your Own Fairy House event is limited and advance registration at www.forsythpl.org is required.

Following the Build Your Own Fairy House event, the fairy abodes and Storywalk is expected to remain open in The Secret Garden through Spring Break. To access The Secret Garden and Storywalk, enter the Cumming Library and walk toward the back of the building. Signs point patrons to the exit door near the new study rooms.

For more information about The Secret Garden and Storywalk, or other library programs for families, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

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