They came by car, by foot and by bike to hear stories in Billings Park Tuesday, July 27.

For Kate Stack and her daughter Hadley, who is nearly 1, Superior Public Library's Storytime is a weekly event.

"It's her favorite day of the week," Stack said. "She likes to see the kids, and we love to hang up our crafts when we get home."

Children listened to three books, shaking off the wiggles with songs and dances in between. They capped it off with a craft — decorating a snail shell — and a donut to go.

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From left, Emily Laman, Vivian Laman, 4, Juliet Laman, 7, Dede Herrick, Nora Slind, 4, and Sawyer Slind, 7, dance in Billings Park Pavilion 2 during Superior Public Library's Storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The theme and snack of the day was donuts. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)
From left, Emily Laman, Vivian Laman, 4, Juliet Laman, 7, Dede Herrick, Nora Slind, 4, and Sawyer Slind, 7, dance in Billings Park Pavilion 2 during Superior Public Library's Storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The theme and snack of the day was donuts. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)


Superior Public Library made the decision to offer the free program outdoors in Fall 2020 due to the pandemic, youth services manager Kelly Wiisanen said. This year, summer story time and the library's summer reading program took place at Billings Park. The outdoor venue has proven popular.

"We started out with 20 (children), and it's just grown over the summer, Wiisanen said.

Tuesday, 36 children gathered in the pavilion, accompanied by their parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Youth Services Manager Kelly Wiisanen, front, reads "Please, Mr. Panda" to 36 children during Superior Public Library's outdoor storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Billings Park Pavillion 2. The free weekly event, which includes stories, activities and a craft, have been  popular this year. Parents said they like having the event outdoors in the park, where kids can play when storytime is over.  (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)
Youth Services Manager Kelly Wiisanen, front, reads "Please, Mr. Panda" to 36 children during Superior Public Library's outdoor storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Billings Park Pavillion 2. The free weekly event, which includes stories, activities and a craft, have been popular this year. Parents said they like having the event outdoors in the park, where kids can play when storytime is over. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)

Emily Laman has brought her girls, 4-year-old Vivian and 7-year-old Juliet, to the library's story time for years. The move to Billings Park, however, added a new dimension.

"We really enjoy it. Get some outdoor time too," Laman said. "It's nice because you can be outside and then if it is raining, you can be in the pavilion."

Twins William, left, and Steven Moon, 4, react to the story of a panda who refuses to share his donuts until someone remembers to say "Please," during the Superior Public Library's outdoor storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Billings Park Pavillion 2. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)
Twins William, left, and Steven Moon, 4, react to the story of a panda who refuses to share his donuts until someone remembers to say "Please," during the Superior Public Library's outdoor storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Billings Park Pavillion 2. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)

For many of the parents Tuesday, the nearby playground was their next stop.

The success of the outdoor programming has been a silver lining in the pandemic, Wiisanen said, and they plan to continue to tell tales in the pavilion through the summer. Story time will be held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, rain or shine, through Aug. 17. When fall story time begins, the plan is to hold it at Billings Park, as well. It will run every Tuesday from Sept. 21 through Oct. 26.

Richard Dingley, 6, balances a bean bag on his head during the Superior Public Library's Storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Billings Park Pavilion 2. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)
Richard Dingley, 6, balances a bean bag on his head during the Superior Public Library's Storytime Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Billings Park Pavilion 2. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)