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StoryWalk at Westlake Recreation Center Park

Lynn Pettyjohn of the Friends shows a young patron a page from the StoryWalkWestlake Porter Public Library and the City of Westlake have partnered to provide a StoryWalk in the Westlake Recreation Center Park, located along the walking path near the playground.

A StoryWalk is an interactive way for young readers and their caregivers to enjoy reading and nature at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s picture book are displayed on special posts along one of the park's paths. As you stroll down the path you are directed toward the next page of the story.

A joint project between the Library and the City, Westlake's StoryWalk is funded by the Friends of Porter Public Library and memorial donations in honor of Sandra Sauer, former library employee and member of the Friends.

Featured Picture Books

Approximately once a month, weather permitting, the picture book featured in the StoryWalk will be swapped out for a new title. Check here or stop by the Youth Services department to find out more about the latest title or any past or future titles.

Now Showing on the StoryWalk

Cover of The Mitten by Jan BrettWhen Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

Once again Jan Brett has created a dramatic and beautiful picture book in her distinctive style. She brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

More StoryWalk Titles

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    • Pete the Cat
    • A Color of His Own
    • In the Small, Small Pond
    • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    • The Napping House
    • The Mitten
    • Walking through the Jungle
    • One Duck Stuck
Sandy Sauer and fellow WPPL staff members at her retirement in 2014
Sandy at her WPPL retirement
Members of Sandy's family pose with the StoryWalk
Sandy's family at the StoryWalk

Sandy Sauer

Sandy Sauer worked at Westlake Porter Public Library after retiring from AT&T in 2001. She was a friendly face at the desk, a discerning selector of paperback books, and an active member of the Friends. She retired from WPPL in 2014.

The picture books featured in the StoryWalk are provided in Sandy's memory.