Roanoke organizations host city-wide story walks
ROANOKE, Va – Community organizations in Roanoke are hosting a fun way to share some of the city’s history this week. Roanoke Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation are hosting a story walk this week to debut the new bilingual Roanoke baby book. Every baby born at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital gets a copy of the book, but this is the first year the book is also being printed in Spanish. “It is so important that we embrace our diversity, and so we just love the idea of and we also have a lot of parents that want their children to learn Spanish or English and so it just seemed like a nice way to do it and start early very early literacy with that,” director of libraries Sheila Umberger said. There will be several other story walks taking place this week:
Play Roanoke working to equip all playgrounds with sanitizing stations
ROANOKE, Va. A new project is giving families the option to play outside and stay safe at the same time. Roanoke Parks and Recreation, also known as Play Roanoke, is working to equip all city playgrounds with hand sanitizing stations. Right now, 12 of the city's 35 playgrounds have hand sanitizing stations. While Play Roanoke doesn't have research showing how often children are getting outside, they do know parents certainly are. Adults are flocking to the outdoors in numbers weve never seen before, said Stephanie Long, marketing coordinator for Play Roanoke.
'Were preparing for a different summer: Registration open for Roanokes play program
Registration for Roanokes Summer Play Enrichment Program started on Monday. Roanoke Parks and Recreation is hosting the event again, but things will look different because of COVID-19. From spacing to sanitizing, all things safety are being considered. Still keep it a fun event but make it a safe time for everybody," said McKee. The enrichment program runs from July 6 to August 14.