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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 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura NumeroffIf a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim...

This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give... series and a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, is perfect for beginning readers and storytime!

More StoryWalk Titles

  • 2019
    • Pete the Cat
    • A Color of His Own
    • In the Small, Small Pond
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.