StoryWalk® Sundays – June 2022

StoryWalk® Sundays – June 2022

Sunday June 12th, 2022 * 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Our series of StoryWalk® Sunday adventures for kids continues in June.
The story posted on the StoryWalk® trail at Pine Hill Park will change monthly, and plans call for a special event to accompany each one on the second Sunday of each month.
June’s StoryWalk® Sunday is the perfect way to celebrate the lazy, crazy days of summer!
Kids will join a guided walk along the story trail as they read the book, then make a special craft project to take home—and enjoy a campfire and yummy s’mores!
June’s storybook is “And Then Summer Comes” by Tom Brenner, a perfect choice as the days get longer and summer is finally here.
“A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. 
From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season.
Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.”
The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required by June 6.
To register, email to: info@natureandcultureinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.
Limited to 20 children. 
Children in grades K–5 may be dropped off and picked up at 3:00 PM
All families are welcome, but activities are geared for preschool and elementary age kids.
Stay tuned for future StoryWalk® Sundays!   
Current Covid safety guidelines are being followed.
Summer Explore, Beautiful Bugs – The Institute

Summer Explore, Beautiful Bugs – The Institute

Wednesdays June 23rd – Wednesday July 28th * 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Institute is offering a series of six new outdoor adventure programs in June & July.
Designed for kids in grades K to 5, the EXPLORE! at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa.
All program activities are outside. Each week will feature a different theme.
Taught by Institute educators, every program includes educational activities related to the season and theme.
The theme for June 30 is Beautiful Bugs.
The group will learn about the variety of insects, and play an insect game. They will take a discovery hike in the woods, read a cicada book, and make a cicada-themed craft to take home.
Grades: K–5
Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member. Pre-registration is required. Email us to sign up for these summer adventures! Email to: info@natureandcultureinstitute.org
The Institute and Partners Mount a StoryWalk® Trail

The Institute and Partners Mount a StoryWalk® Trail

A new StoryWalk® children’s story trail is open at Pine Hill Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road in Waynesboro. The park is open during daylight hours, and visiting the StoryWalk® is free. It will remain in place through February. 
The StoryWalk® is presented by The Institute in partnership with Washington Township, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD).
With pages of a children’s book mounted on signs along a park trail, a StoryWalk® is a fun way for visitors to enjoy being outdoors in a family-friendly activity, reading an adventure as they walk along the trail. 
The StoryWalk® trail, at the top of the park (just past the Dunlap Family Skate Park) is about 500 ft. long, easily accessible and wheelchair friendly.
The story featured is “In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George. Two children and their dog explore the winter woods, searching for signs of animal life and clues to their activities, answering the question, “Who’s been here?”
The trail is open year-round, and plans call for a new book to be installed every month or two.
Participants should practice social distancing, giving others six feet of space, and follow official Covid-19 safety guidelines while in the park

Discover the Nooks and Crannies of Northwood Books

(Reposted from Downtown Happenings, a weekly update of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)

Northwood Books offers over eight miles of gently used and rare books for the casual reader or avid bookworm. We sat down with the owner, Ami Plessinger, to gain insight into her experiences from the past 11 years operating a business located in downtown Chambersburg.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
There are two things I love about my job: the people and the books. The book industry isn’t just about interacting with my customers, but it’s also about the acquisition of knowledge. Both are important, and what I enjoy most each day.

How did you get started in this industry?
The bookstore was established in 1988, and I shopped there about twice a year until 2006. At about that time there was a small sign on the door that said the business was for sale. Leading up to that time, I had visited almost every bookstore on the East Coast and England, and that’s when I decided I would like to run my own bookstore. We had a family conference to discuss the idea. I could see all my children graduating in a few short years, which would give me time to run a retail business. Our family agreed, and we went to work. My husband and my children were instrumental in running the business and eventually renovating the building.

What’s changed in your industry over the last few years? 
The biggest change has been the competition with the creation of e-books, and we have adapted to be more competitive. One of the ways has been focusing on the classics from very affordable copies to very expensive bindings like first editions, fine bindings, etc.

We have also become more competitive by the atmosphere and interior. The bookstore is an inviting and comfortable place to encourage customers to return again and again. The interior design is also unique because we want to invoke thoughts that will lead you to read more. We have literary scenes scattered throughout the shop such as scenes from Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop and the wardrobe to Narnia.

Finally, our customers are our top priority, and we go to great lengths to find the book(s) our customers are searching for. We have more than 70 genres, click here for the full list.

What do you see in the future? 
I am an optimistic bookseller. I believe with the advent of the e-book that in the not too distant future the printed word will be expensive. Right now we are seeing original books disappear and many books are now printed on demand. Eventually the original, printed and sewn books will become antiques that are highly sought after.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
I am creating my own illuminated poetry book. I have been working on it for three years, and it will probably take a couple more. You may see me working on it at the bookstore. I’ve also delved into illuminated oil painting, and my work will be featured in an art show at Council for the Arts in April.

What do you want to achieve next? 
My goal is to have the finest bookstore possible on a small business scale. From there, I want people to come back to my bookstore as their destination.

What do you do for fun? 
I love to sail my boat. It’s Remarkable.