Families are invited to read 10 Hidden Heroes by Mark Shriver on posted signs as they stroll through a park in Kensington. The Noyes 10 Hidden Heroes StoryWalk®, presented by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation in collaboration with Montgomery Parks, will be available for self-guided exploration from Saturday, June 19, 2021, through Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Warner Circle Park, a spacious area adjacent to Noyes Library for Young Children (10237 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD 20895).
In this fun-filled and inspiring seek-and-find book, New York Times bestselling author and president of Save the Children Action Network Mark K. Shriver highlights the various ways children and adults can be real-life heroes in their everyday lives. Children learn to count the individual heroes who shine a light on the importance of helping others, whether it’s through teaching, caring for animals, protecting the environment, or keeping others from harm. The book is illustrated by Laura Watson.
This sixth StoryWalk® presented by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation will celebrate heroes throughout America during the Fourth of July holiday, and will also celebrate the re-opening of Noyes Children’s Library on July 6!
A free craft kit related to 10 Hidden Heroes will be available for pick up in a box outside the Noyes Library for Young Children (10237 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD 20895) on Saturdays and Sundays (9am to 4pm) for the duration of the StoryWalk® (except in inclement weather).
Families are encouraged to share a photo of the walk, a selfie at Noyes, and/or a photo of the 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.
While the Noyes Library for Young Children has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation has provided literacy outreach to the Greater D.C. community through free weekly storytimes on Tuesdays at 11am on Facebook Live (facebook.com/MakeMoreNoyes)—and is continuing to engage children through events, including StoryWalk® experiences. The first Noyes StoryWalk® in January 2021 featured pages from The Mitten by Jan Brett in store windows in Kensington; a February 2021 StoryWalk® focused on The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and was installed at Warner Circle Park in Kensington; the StoryWalk® in March 2021 at Kensington’s Clum-Kennedy Park highlighted Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris; an Earth Day-themed StoryWalk® in April 2021 shared Rainbow Weaver by Linda Elovitz Marshall at Capitol View-Homewood Local Park in Kensington; and the May 2021 StoryWalk® featured Cecily Cicada by Kita Helmetag Murdock and Patsy Helmetag at Clum-Kennedy Park.
More information on Noyes Foundation events can be found at noyeslibraryfoundation.org/events.
StoryWalk® is a registered trademark of Anne Ferguson.
The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation works to raise funds, enhance early literacy programs, and inspire community engagement so that all children can discover the wonder of books through Noyes Children’s Library. The Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit founded in 1991 to raise funds for the historic Noyes Children’s Library, a specialized branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries in Kensington, Maryland. The all-volunteer Foundation has grown to support the library’s mission in many ways, and now, in cooperation with Montgomery County, the Foundation is leading the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign to make Noyes universally accessible, while expanding its space and early literacy mission. For more information, go to noyeslibraryfoundation.org.