Elkhart Public Library and Wellfield Botanic Gardens have worked together on themes for the Lil’ Sprouts program, and have chosen books for the gardens’ StoryWalk.
“Wellfield is a beautiful environment for storytelling, and we have the chance to reach children who may have never been to our library storytimes,” says Allison McLean, head of Young Peoples Services downtown.
Introduce preschoolers to the natural world through stories, games and music. Lil’ Sprouts is for ages 3 to 5, and children explore the science of nature while having fun.
Lil’ Sprouts takes place at Wellfield on the third Tuesday of each month, April through October, and at the downtown library the rest of the year. It’s free and open to the public. Registration is recommended for the 10 a.m. programs – see the full details.
Stories in the Garden
May 16 | June 20 | July 18 | Aug. 15 | Sept. 19
Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories and music from one of Elkhart Public Library’s storytellers. Stories in the Garden take place at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month through spring and summer.
Stories in the Garden are free and open to the public. No registration necessary, just show up and enjoy some outdoor family time. If it’s raining, come anyway – Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.
You’re strolling through the gardens and discover a laminated page from a children’s picture book mounted on a post. Walk on and you find another, and another. Follow the path until you have read a whole story. The Wellfield’s StoryWalk book for spring is “Kite Day” by Will Hillenbrand. Different books will be chosen for summer and fall.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens is located at 1011 N. Main St.