Penguin visits Nice Bend library


Jun. 23—”I petted a penguin!” mentioned one completely happy little one after a program Wednesday on the Nice Bend Public Library.

A crowd stuffed the library’s massive assembly room and spilled into the hallway as employees from the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard arrived with a dwell penguin and different animals. It was the newest occasion for the library’s Summer time Studying Program, “Oceans of Prospects.”

It was arduous for youngsters to comprise their pleasure however they did their greatest in order that Hannah Wassall and Kiana Lucero, an educator and a zookeeper from the wildlife park, may deliver out 4 animals — a younger African spurred tortoise, a bearded dragon (a species native to Australia), an African pygmy hedgehog and the star of the present, an African penguin.

Those that stood in line for as much as half-hour after this system had been rewarded with attending to see the penguin up shut and gently pet its mushy feathers.

The presenters shared some info and answered some questions on every animal, together with the truth that this penguin species comes from a heat local weather with sandy seashores and may spend hours or days swimming within the ocean. Though the 50 penguins at Tanganyika might all look alike to these unfamiliar with them, Lucero mentioned the birds have a sample of spots on their stomach and chest that’s distinctive to them as fingerprints are to people.

They develop to about 2 toes tall. The smallest penguin species, the Little Blue, is about 1 foot fall and the biggest, the Emperor Penguin, grows 3-4 toes tall.

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The Nice Bend Public Library’s parking zone was additionally full Wednesday, due partially to this system. Kids’s Librarian “Miss Amy” Mayhill reminded everybody that the parking zone will likely be closed for the remainder of the week so Metropolis staff can do portray there.

She additionally famous that Tuesday morning Story Occasions for infants by youngsters who will likely be in first grade this 12 months have been moved to the basement assembly room. They begin at 10:30 a.m.

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“Our final two Story Occasions have had over 100 individuals,” she mentioned, explaining that they wanted the bigger area. The library provides a Story Time for youngsters in grades 2-5 on the similar time.

The subsequent particular “Oceans of Prospects” program will likely be a presentation by employees on the Sternberg Museum at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, for all ages.

For details about different library packages, see the “Ebook Nook” column by GBPL Outreach Supervisor Hannah Grippin on the Nice Bend Tribune web site.


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