A new cold weather activity was set up in downtown Belmond just as the New Year started. A Winter Storywalk on Main Street was installed at 16 businesses.

  Children’s Librarian Abby Bates and her daughters spent part of New Year’s Eve taping up pages of “William’s Winter Nap” in the windows of Main Street businesses. The story was written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck Groenink.

  The Storywalk starts at the front entrance of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. Participants can pick up a map and an entry form that includes a riddle. The first page of the story can be found in the window of D.K. Arndt accounting firm at 324 East Main. The story continues west for two blocks to Green Belt Bank and Trust.

  After crossing Main Street, readers can pick up the story at House of Treasures and walk east until the story ends at Bloemke Pharmacy.

  In a different twist from the summertime Trail Storywalk that asks children to perform different tasks – such as hopping – as they move from page to page, the cold weather story contains letters that will solve a riddle found on the front of the map. Everyone (even if you don’t solve the riddle) can turn in their entry at the book drop located on the south side of the library. One entry will win a prize basket that includes gift certificates and prizes from local businesses.

  “We thought this would bring families to Main Street,” Bates said.

  “William’s Winter Nap” is the story of a little boy who lives in a cabin in the woods that is visited by animals who would prefer to sleep in his warm house. “It’s a cute winter story,” Bates commented.

  The Winter Storywalk will stay up through Jan. 31. It could become an annual event if there are lots of entries. “We are hoping for good participation,” Bates said.

  Other businesses that are hosting Storywalk pages include: First State Bank, Allen Home Center, Threads & Company, Kinseth Plumbing and Heating, Belmond Historical Museum, The Tanning Boutique, Citizens Community Credit Union and Property Link, Dr. David Gildner, Dental Center of North Iowa, Sugarpie Bakery and Cafe, Black Dahlia Flowers and Gifts, and New Lyric Theater.