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Triplet Park Picnic of Books

Community Author: Lisa Leaverton
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Lisa Leaverton | BDN
Lisa Leaverton | BDN

UNITY — Triplet Park Picnic of Books will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Triplet Park, off Wood Lane across from the Community Center.

 

Come and select from an array of children’s books for all ages: pre-school to pre-teen, stretch out on a picnic quilt and hear the stories read aloud. Enjoy some cold drinks and refreshments. If you are at the farmer’s market, it’s only a short distance; bring a lunch to Triplet Park and stay for a story or two, or three. 

The Storybook Picnic, which is a free event,  is modeled on an event one of the hosts of the Triplet Park event discovered through her friend who travels to different towns throughout Central America to host “Picnics des Palabras,” which translates “Word Picnic.”  Children select from books spread out on picnic quilts, and adults and older teens read the books aloud.

For the Troy version, Piper and Leaverton intend to select books promoting cultural competency. They hope families will join together, and adults will volunteer to read. After the picnic, Leaverton and Piper will donate the books to a local organization or school and make sure some books make it into local Little Free Libraries.

Aside from the immediate objective of offering a fun opportunity to hear stories read aloud in a tranquil outdoor setting, another objective for Piper and Leaverton is getting more Little Free Libraries built in neighboring communities. After a conversation with Piper, Heirloom House owner is Zoey Bond has agreed to host one on her property. Participants of Picnic of Books may already be familiar with the Little Free Library in Triplet Park, in Unity.

A project of Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, the Little Library requires approximately $75 in building materials and also accepts donations of labor and time to build a little library. The organization provides the materials and some help.  Contact Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County to support us in our goal of building a Little Free Library in Troy, Maine. Piper and Leaverton also welcome volunteers  the day of the Picnic of Books event, Sat. June 16th to read to kids and serve refreshments or lend a quilt. Those with juggling skills also welcome! Contact Lisa Leaverton: lisleaverton@gmail.com with questions or to donate toward the purchase of children’s books or volunteer.

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County is to empower adult learners by increasing their literacy skills, improving opportunity through reading, and enhancing a culture of literacy within our community.  Maine ranks number four for children living in poverty, at 24%. Another startling statistic that spurred the two on is this: in the U.S., one child in four grows up not knowing how to read. The Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County website offers facts about literacy:  “Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is often passed along by parents who cannot read or write.”

The idea for the Triplet Park Picnic of Books event came in response to recent events in Troy, after the new business sign for Five Pillars Butchery, a new business owned by Kathryn Piper and Hussam (Sam) Al-Rawi was defaced, potentially due to a hate-crime. Lisa Leaverton and Kathryn Piper explored options to promote tolerance in the community of Troy, where Katie and Hussam (Sam’s) home and business Five Pillars Butchery are located. The community has rallied around the family since the event.

To get to Triplett Park: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 139 (School Street) in Unity, drive on Route 139 for less than 0.1 mile to the Unity Community Center on the left. Park in the community center’s parking lot and cross Route 139 on foot to reach Wood Lane. Walk down Wood Lane and Triplet Park will be on your left, marked with a large wooden sign.