Oak Harbor Library opens first chapter of Story Trail in Windjammer Park

Children and adults will soon have a chance to read a book while strolling along the new Story Trail at Oak Harbor’s reimagined Windjammer Park.

Sno-Isle Libraries Interim District Manager Mary Campbell and Oak Harbor Librarian Jane Lopez-Santillana show off the Story Trail at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor.

The Oak Harbor Library and Oak Harbor Parks Department have teamed up to install 26 sign posts that illustrate a children’s book. Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson and other library officials will join city officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the splash park and Story Trail at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29.

The paved trail starts near the new children’s splash park, meanders along the beachfront and ends near the new children’s playground. Story Trail debuts with “Little Wolf’s First Howling” by Laura McGee Kvasnosky.

“Getting kids moving, being outside with their families and encouraging reading is what it’s all about,” said Mary Campbell, Sno-Isle Libraries Interim District Manager.

The Story Trail officially opens at 2 p.m. Kvasnosky and her illustrator-sister Kate McGee will both attend, and Kvasnosky will read from her book. Librarians from the Oak Harbor Library will lead walks along the Story Trail. The Sno-Isle Libraries Bookmobile will also be at the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Harbor Parks Department staff installed and painted the sign posts and attached plaques that show who sponsored each post.

Oak Harbor Community Library staff will change the Story Trail panels every two to three months with a new book, said Librarian Jane Jane Lopez-Santillana.