How would you like to go on an adventure and help raise money for the Berryville Library Building Fund all at the same time? As part of the 35th Annual Berryville Ice Cream Social presented by Tyson, the traditional 5K will be replaced this year with a fun and adventurous one mile fundraising walk put on by the Friends of the Berryville Library in which the entire family can participate together or as individuals.
The Inaugural Berryville Library Storywalk will be held Saturday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. beginning at the Berryville Community Center Front Entrance. The one-mile route will take participants of all ages from Berryville to the heart of the African savanna to the majesty of the Amazon rainforest down to the depths of the deep, blue sea before returning safely back to Berryville.
Based on the popular Aesop’s Fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare, participants choose
whether they want to do the mile walk as the tortoise, taking the journey slow and steady, or whether they would like to take the journey fast like the hare. Berryville Rotary and Lions Club, along with CS Bank, have sponsored the themed stations along the course and each station will feature challenges and fun activities, along with cold water and snacks.
The event will start and finish near the main entrance of the Berryville Community Center. Because participants will be making stops along their journey the event will not be timed, and each finisher will earn a coupon good for a free scoop of ice cream to be redeemed at the Ice Cream Social Ice Cream Booth located on the Berryville Square.
Registration can be done individually or as a family unit. Walkers under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Like a walk-a-thon, there is no entry fee to participate, however, walkers are encouraged to seek sponsors from family or friends who will pledge money for the successful completion of the one-mile adventure. Walkers can also simply sponsor themselves. All walkers raising $30 or more in donations will receive a special thank you gift from the Friends of the Berryville Library. All donations benefit the Berryville Library Building Fund.
The Storywalk adventure will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with individuals/groups sent out to start their
adventure approximately every fifteen minutes. Walkers can arrive and register any time from 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. The last group of walkers will be sent out at 9:30 a.m.
For more information on the Inaugural Berryville Library Storywalk, or to pick up a registration and pledge form, call or stop by the Berryville Library at 104 Spring Street, (870) 423-2323 or forms may be picked up in Berryville at the following locations: CS Bank, Arvest Bank, First National Bank of North Arkansas, or from the Berryville Community Center. Forms may also be downloaded directly from the website at www.berryvillelibrary.com/Storywalk.
The library has also kicked off the Berryville Summer Reading Program. “With over 500 participants already registered for this year’s Summer Reading Program, it feels great to see things at the Berryville Library returning somewhat back to normal,” said Library Director Julie Hall. The Reading Gone Wild! Summer Reading Program began June 7 and will go through July 30. The Squires family issued a challenge to our community that for every hour read by July 30, they will donate $1 to the Berryville Library Building Fund up to $15,000. To date, over 5,000 hours have been logged and 10,000 or more hours are needed to be read in July.
“The library is such an essential part of a community for so many reasons, and our family is happy to support the Summer Reading Program and the Building Project in this way. We hope our challenge will prompt other families to step up and do similar challenges for other library programs!” stated Tyler Squires.
The Summer Reading program is free and designed for children, teens, and adults. The program offers fun challenges, such as finding buried treasures while keeping away the jungle creatures! Thanks to area businesses, food prize coupons are available for all participants reaching certain reading goals. The Kiwanis Club of Berryville has volunteered to help with some of the outdoor activities and children who complete the reading challenge will earn a free one-day pass to the Kiddie Korral at the 35th Annual Berryville Ice Cream Social presented by Tyson.
It's not too late to sign up. Paper log sheets are available for pick up at the library or you can download a free app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and register to participate in the Berryville Public Library Reading Gone Wild! Challenge. Once registered, minutes of reading can be logged easily, and all minutes logged will be counted toward the overall goal of 15,000 hours. Audiobooks and reading to others also count as minutes of reading. Even browsing social media minutes can be counted!
Participants don't have to reside locally for their reading hours to count. Readers near and far are encouraged to download the app and participate from anywhere and help raise money to build our new library.
For more information on this year’s Reading Gone Wild! Summer Reading Program, contact or stop by the library at 104 Spring Street in Berryville or call 870-423-2323. All ages are encouraged to participate and help raise needed funds for the new library.