Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zoo to You!

As a tie-in to our Summer Reading program this year, "One World, Many Stories/Un Mundo, Muchas Historias", ABC Libraries will be welcoming the Zoo to You outreach program to some of the branches!

From the Biopark website: "Get eye to eye with exotic animals and discover the wonders of the natural world without even leaving town! Volunteer docents will introduce you to our animal ambassadors, including birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. You can also touch many of our biofacts, such as animal bones, pelts and hides, feathers and other interesting animal items. Presentations last between 30 minutes to an hour and carry the conservation message that our actions matter."

Monday, June 6th - Cherry Hills
Explore our fascinating friends from their feet to their beaks. There are many types of birds and this program investigates how each bird's wings, beaks, and feet are suited to help each species survive.

Tuesday, June 7 - Taylor Ranch
Secrets of Survival
From desert dwellers to the oddities of the ocean...animals are specially suited to survive. Students will examine six distinct habitats and how animals adapt to their environment. Focus on several examples of adaptations, breakdown what a habitat is, and understand what adaptation means. Have you ever heard the word prehensile?

Wednesday, June 8 - Los Griegos
Reptiles and Amphibians
What makes a reptile a reptile? Why is it different than an amphibian? Students will examine reptile and amphibian diversity and the characteristics of each species. Meet a variety of reptiles and amphibians to get a closer look at their interesting characteristics. How would you classify a turtle?

Thursday, June 9 - Erna Fergusson Library
Endangered Species
"To be or not to be?" That is the question for many animals. This program focuses on the importance of preserving wildlife and understanding the basic reasons for the decline of animal populations. Find out the variations between extinct, endangered or threatened. How can we as humans protect our delicate ecosystems?

Friday, June 10 - South Valley
Fur, Feathers, Scales, and Slime
During this introduction to the animal kingdom, students will discover the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Learn how these four classes of animals are born, what covers their bodies, and the unique characteristics of each. Did you know elephants have hair?

After the initial kick off week in June, there are plans to make smaller programs to set up in an exhibit style at various branches during the summer, including North Valley, Tony Hillerman, South Broadway,South Valley, and Juan Tabo. In June, exhibits will focus on Reptiles and Amphibians; in July, Birds will be featured; and in August, look for exhibits about Mammals.  Make sure to check back at the library's Events & Programs/Storytime page for more information!
Thanks to Jamie S. for the information & especially for putting these programs together!

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