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Pullen Park launches a picture book path for families

Posted December 30, 2020 8:20 p.m. EST

Courtesy: City of Raleigh

You can now read a picture book as you walk through Pullen Park. The city recently unveiled a StoryWalk at the park near downtown Raleigh — a short walk that features the pages of a story along a path, so you can read along.

The book featured is "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story," by Kelly Bennett. It's about a boy who wants a pet, but not his pet fish, Norman. The book begins at the top of the event lawn stairs and will be available until the end of January, according to the city. If you go, know that Pullen Park's train is closed for maintenance and the carousel is closed for COVID precautions. The playground is open.

StoryWalks were created by Anne Ferguson of Vermont, in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Historic Oak View County Park also has had a monthly StoryWalk at its park this year.

This month, Oak View's StoryWalk features "When the Snow Falls" by Linda Booth Sweeney. The park also has its goats on view (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday.

And Apex parks also has posted StoryWalks. The latest is at Hunter Street Park and featuers "The 12 Sleighs of Christmas," according to the town's website.