Animals at the Library? Absolutely!

Snakes in the stacks? Bats in the biography section? Goats getting checked out?
Kent District Library branches are offering animal-centered programs all summer long:

 

Animal Crackers Petting Zoo
Hang out with animals from one of the largest exotic traveling petting zoos in the area.

Tuesday, June 12, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township branch
Thursday, June 14, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Wednesday, June 20, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Thursday, June 21, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Monday, June 25, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 PM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, July 10, 1:30 PM – Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, July 17, 2:00 PMByron Township branch – Rescheduled for Thursday, August 16, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 15, 11:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch

 

 

Birds of Prey: X-Men of the Wild, Superheroes of the Sky!
Explore the superpowers of birds of prey and learn how they survive in the wild. Meet live birds of prey from the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch
Thursday, June 28, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 PM – Byron Township branch 
Thursday, July 12, 1:30 PM – Alto branch
Saturday, July 14, 11:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 AM – Kentwood branch

 

 

John Ball’s Traveling Zoo
Bringing live wild animals right into your local library.

Saturday, June 23, 11:00 AM – Tyrone Township branch
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branchcanceled due to extreme temperatures forecasted
Thursday, July 12, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 PM – Alpine Township branch
Tuesday, July 24, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, August 2, 6:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Thursday, August 16, 1:00 PM – Walker branch
Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch

 

 

While You Dream
Explore a world beyond your wildest dreams with the Kalamazoo Nature Center! Discover the amazing lives of bats and owls as they awaken under the stars and moon. Then travel to outer space as we fly “to infinity and beyond” to visit our favorite old friends, the constellations!

Tuesday, June 26, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township branch
Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM – Plainfield Township branch (Sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Library)
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 PM – Cascade Township branch

 

 

Rick the Reptile Guy
Reptiles Rule! Join us for a visit with educational and entertaining creatures that slither and sometimes shed their skin. Sponsored by the Friends of the Caledonia Library.

Thursday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch

 

 

 

Bats of the World
Learn the truth about bats as we explore their nocturnal habits in this exciting live animal presentation. You will get to meet bats from North America, South America and Africa!

Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 AM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, July 17, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Thursday, July 19, 1:30 PM – Alto branch
Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, August 7, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch

 

 

Pet Show
Is your dog a star? Can your cat do cool tricks? Or do you just want to show off how smart, cute or funny your pet is? All acts must pre-register. Stop in the library for details.

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch (part of the Summer Family Night Series Sponsored by Northway Family Dentistry.)
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch (part of the Parkapalooza Park Party Series held at John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE.)
Thursday, August 2, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, August 2, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 AM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, August 9, 6:00 PM – Tyrone Township branch

 

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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.



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