Stories taking root at Duncan’s Kin Park with reading club event

What do you get when you take good books, kids, soil and seeds and mix them together? Storytime at the Kin Park Urban Farm, starting July 8 and running through Aug. 19.

In 2012 Cowichan Green Community broke ground on the region’s first ever urban demonstration farm, located right in the heart of Duncan.

While plant life flourishes at the park so too do the community partnerships. For seven Tuesdays starting July 8, the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Kin Park Youth Urban Farm are teaming together to host a children’s storytime at the park geared for three to five year olds (all ages are welcome however). This program is part of the library’s Summer Reading Club whereby kids receive a special kit to keep track of their reading and are awarded a collectible medal if they complete their reading log.

Storytime, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starts with a fun story in the shade of the trees followed by a garden-themed activity for little ones such as planting seeds, learning about worms, or a garden scavenger hunt. Sampling of the urban farm’s berry patch will most definitely be allowed.

To learn more about this free program, please contact Nariel Davis at the Cowichan Library at 250-746-7661, visit the VIRL website at: or visit

Kinsmen Park is located on Alderlea Street between James Street and Queens Road.