New Story Walk Book At Partnership For Children Park

SMITHFIELD – The first Story Walk in Johnston County is at the Partnership for Children Park located at 600 M. Durwood Stephenson Highway in Smithfield.

First added to the park in December of 2020, the Story Walk concept offers park goers the opportunity to enjoy some light physical exercise while reading stories along the path.

Through this walk around the park, participants are guided through questions to ask their children, leading to meaningful family conversations and an easy start to Early Literacy.

The newest book to be featured at the Partnership for Children Park Story Walk is A Coat of Many Colors, written by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes. In 1995, Dolly Parton launched the Imagination Library, a book giving program that makes reading readily accessible to children.

Registered children will receive one free book a month from the time they are born until they turn 5 years old, no matter what the family’s income is. In 2020, the Imagination Library gifted it’s 150 millionth book. Registration is quick and can be done at the Partnership for Children of Johnston County or online at

Dolly Parton grew up in the rural Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, which highly influenced this story along with her song “Coat of Many Colors”. The book talks about the hardships that children often suffer when there is poverty in the family as she tells the story of a young girl whose mother sews her a coat out of rags once winter arrives. Parton finds the light in the struggle as the main character eventually realizes that there was a lot of love sewed into the coat by her mother.

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a non-profit organization that has worked for 23 years to improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children by enhancing the quality of childcare and supporting strong families.

Together we will improve the economic sustainability of Johnston County, ensuring that its future workforce is prepared for success in school and life. Find out more about the programs and services offered by the Partnership for Children, by calling (919)202-0002.