A morning walk through the park can offer great reading opportunities for young kids. The Eugene Public Library’s bilingual Summer StoryWalks at two city parks display children’s stories in picture book form, either in English or Spanish, in a series of signs arranged in order to read along walking paths. At Acorn City Park, the current title is How Do You Say? by Angela Dominguez. That will be followed July 12 through Aug. 1 with Call Me Tree by Maya Christine Gonzalez, a story of a child on a journey of self-discovery, of finding a way to grow from the inside out — just like a tree. Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer wraps up the StoryWalks program at Acorn Park, kicking off Aug. 1. It is a captivating and child-friendly look at the journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico. Call Me Tree and Señorita Mariposa also have runs at Gilbert City Park. Starting July 12, Gilbert Park will have on its walking paths Milo + Niko by D Guzman, the story of an energetic girl confined to a plant shop who spends her time roaming the aisles and checking out knick-knacks. She thinks she’s alone. She’s not. There’s a Bengal tiger loose in the shop! After earning each other’s trust, the adventures begin.
The Eugene Public Library’s Summer StoryWalks — in English and Spanish — runs through August. Acorn City Park is located at 1501 Buck Street. Gilbert City Park is at 2311 West Irwin Way.