“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 reside penguin and different animals. It was the most recent occasion for the library’s Summer time Studying Program, “Oceans of Prospects.”
It was laborious for kids to include their pleasure however they did their finest in order that Hannah Wassall and Kiana Lucero, an educator and a zookeeper from the wildlife park, may carry 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 have been rewarded with attending to see the penguin up shut and gently pet its comfortable 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 could 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 most important, the Emperor Penguin, grows 3-4 toes tall.
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The Nice Bend Public Library’s car parking zone was additionally full Wednesday, due partially to this system. Youngsters’s Librarian “Miss Amy” Mayhill reminded everybody that the car parking zone can be closed for the remainder of the week so Metropolis workers can do portray there.
She additionally famous that Tuesday morning Story Occasions for infants by youngsters who can be in first grade this yr have been moved to the basement assembly room. They begin at 10:30 a.m.
“Our final two Story Occasions have had over 100 individuals,” she mentioned, explaining that they wanted the bigger area. The library gives a Story Time for kids in grades 2-5 on the identical time.
The following particular “Oceans of Prospects” program can 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 “Guide Nook” column by GBPL Outreach Supervisor Hannah Grippin on the Nice Bend Tribune web site.