The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation presents the 90th anniversary edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, with new illustrations by Dan Santat, as the eighth free Noyes StoryWalk®. Families are invited to read the book on posted signs as they stroll through Reinhardt Park (10400 Armory Ave., Kensington, MD). The Little Engine That Could Noyes StoryWalk® will run from Sept. 10 to Oct. 10, 2021.
Piper’s classic tale of persistence is fitting for these pandemic times, and the train theme continues to delight people of all ages. During the first weekend of the Noyes StoryWalk®, visitors can also check out the popular Kensington Train Show, which features model trains and more. The Train Show, less than a block from Reinhardt Park, will be open for visitors on Sept. 11 and 12, 2021, at Kensington Town Hall (3710 Mitchell St., Kensington MD). More info on the train show, including admission prices, is at kensingtontrainshow.com.
Families can also find crafts related to The Little Engine That Could on the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation website at noyeslibraryfoundation.org/events.
Families are encouraged to share a selfie while at the StoryWalk® or a photo of a completed craft on the Noyes Children’s Library Facebook page (facebook.com/MakeMoreNoyes); post to Facebook and tag the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, or post to Instagram and tag @makemorenoyes.
The Noyes Library for Young Children (10237 Carroll Pl., Kensington, MD), which reopened on July 6, 2021, was closed for more than a year due to the pandemic. During that time, the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation provided literacy outreach to the Greater D.C. community through free weekly storytimes on Facebook Live and is continuing to engage children through events, including StoryWalk® experiences. Since January 2021, Noyes StoryWalks® have featured The Mitten by Jan Brett; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris; Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz; Cecily Cicada by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag; 10 Hidden Heroes by Mark Shriver; and ¡Olinguito! by Lulu Delacre.
More information on Noyes Foundation events can be found at noyeslibraryfoundation.org/events.
StoryWalk® is a registered trademark of Anne Ferguson.