OUACHITA PARISH, LA (KTVE/KARD)– Kids have the opportunity to do more than just trick or treat during the month of October. The Ouachita Parish Library and the City of West Monroe are hosting a storytime stroll downtown. 16 merchants will display pages from the book, “Finding kindness,” in their windows along Trenton, Wood, and Commerce Streets.
The book begins at “For His Family Foods” and ends at “The Nude Nomad.” After reading the book, families are encouraged to shop locally and apply for library cards at the West Monroe branch.
“Reading together as a family is one of the best things you can do for your child, it helps expand their vocabulary and it creates the perfect opportunity for bonding with your child,” said Lakeisha Bosworth, Library Youth Services Coordinator.
The Ouachita Parish Public Library and the City of West Monroe invite the public to explore downtown West Monroe during a walkable story time. During the month of October, 16 merchants will display pages from the book Finding Kindness written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Irene Chan in their windows along Trenton, Wood and Commerce Streets.
“Reading together as a family is one of the best things you can do for your child,” said Library Youth Services Coordinator LaKeisha Bosworth. “It helps expand their vocabulary and it creates the perfect opportunity for bonding with your child.”
Finding Kindness is a picture book that celebrates all the ways people can be kind to one another.
“We thought this was the perfect book for Downtown Story Time Stroll because it tells the importance of community, generosity and good will,” Bosworth said.
The book begins at for His temple family foods (315 Wood Street) and ends at The Nude Nomad (222 Trenton Street). After reading the book, families are encouraged to shop local and apply for Library cards at the West Monroe Branch (315 Cypress Street). Anyone who lives or works in Ouachita Parish may receive a Library card, no matter their age. To get a Library card, patrons should bring in proof of identification proof of address to any of the 10 branches in the Parish.
“Downtown West Monroe is a walkable, family-friendly community. Downtown Story Time Stroll is a fun way to encourage our community to visit local businesses while fostering a love of reading,” said the City of West Monroe’s Main Street Director Adrienne LaFrance-Wells.
About the Ouachita Parish Public Library: The mission of the Library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. The Library serves a diverse community of approximately 160,000 people. The Library has 10 branches throughout the parish, plus a bookmobile, outreach services and e-services online at www.oplib.org.