Families can have a stroll and read a book in Downtown West Monroe

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Staff at the Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group have found another way to provide storytime during these socially-distanced times. In addition to weekly virtual storytime, families can stroll through downtown West Monroe and read a children’s book along the way.

“Spreading Kindness,” written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Irene Chan, is the featured story. It can be read one page at a time in the windows of 16 downtown businesses.

Library Communications Director Danielle Kelley Tolbird says they chose the book for its message. She said it was the perfect story for the phase of life we are in right now.

“We thought it was absolutely the perfect message about all the different ways that we can be kind in our community. By supporting local businesses, like we do today, but also just smiling at each other, treating other people like human beings,” Tolbird said. “It’s a really good moral of the story and I think it is applicable for kids, but I think our parents could learn some things too.”

Tolbird says this was also a way to encourage people to shop locally.

“If you wish, you can go into our participating merchants and support local businesses, which in turn supports local public library,” Tolbird said.

Pages of the story start at For His Temple Family Foods on Wood Street and end at The Nude Nomad on Trenton Street. The Downtown Story Time Stroll lasts all the way through the end of October.

For more information and a guide, visit the library on Facebook, or online at

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