By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – Henry Ford Centennial Library’s story walk, located west of the library, will switch from “Ameer’s Beautiful Home” to “Duck on a Bike” Sept. 1, with family fun planned.
The library event, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., weather permitting, will feature activities, crafts and prizes. There will be a bicycle and walking obstacle course, bicycle decoration and a chance to meet Puddles the duck, in keeping with the new story walk’s theme.
Guests will also have an opportunity to sign up for a library card.
The current story, “Ameer’s Beautiful Home,” was created by Nadeen Saad, Nesreen Saad and Julia Almasarweh, students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in December 2021 as part of a service-learning course provided by Natalie Sampson, in conjunction with the green school initiative, which involves children in outdoor learning and healthy communities.
The signs, each a different step in the story, encourage picking up trash, recycling, decluttering, and looking for beauty in nature, and are in English and Arabic.
The story also encourages physical activity at each step, from jumping once for each beautiful thing they see nearby, to bending down to pretend to plant seeds. One station explains the library’s own seed catalog.
The September story, Caldecott honor winner David Shannon’s “Duck on a Bike,” is a fun and silly story that encourages children to make animal sounds. It is also a story about trying hard and not giving up.
The illustrations, colorful and inviting, are from the perspective of the different animals – looking down, up or straight ahead.
The animals do exciting things – talking and riding bikes – when humans aren’t around to observe them.
Other story walks have been located at the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady St., behind the McFadden-Ross House, and at the UM-D Environmental Interpretive Center, 4901 Evergreen Road.