Woman in apron stands outside a shop window. A page from the book Finding Kindess hangs in the window.
Thursday, October 01, 2020

The Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group invite the public to explore downtown West Monroe during a walkable story time. During the month of October, 16 merchants will display pages from the book Finding Kindness written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Irene Chan in their windows along Trenton, Wood and Commerce Streets.

“Reading together as a family is one of the best things you can do for your child,” said Library Youth Services Coordinator LaKeisha Bosworth. “It helps expand their vocabulary and it creates the perfect opportunity for bonding with your child.”

Finding Kindness is a picture book that celebrates all the ways people can be kind to one another.

“We thought this was the perfect book for Downtown Story Time Stroll because it tells the importance of community, generosity and good will,” Bosworth said.

The book begins at for His temple family foods (315 Wood Street) and ends at The Nude Nomad (222 Trenton Street). After reading the book, families are encouraged to shop local and apply for Library cards at the West Monroe Branch (315 Cypress Street). Anyone who lives or works in Ouachita Parish may receive a Library card, no matter their age. To get a Library card, patrons should bring in proof of identification proof of address to any of the 10 branches in the Parish.

“Downtown West Monroe is a walkable, family-friendly community. Downtown Story Time Stroll is a fun way to encourage our community to visit local businesses while fostering a love of reading,” said the City of West Monroe’s Main Street Director Adrienne LaFrance-Wells.

Want to check out Finding Kindess? Click here to place the book on hold.

Finding Kindness book cover