Creepy critters and daytime sleepers will be visiting Linton library Monday

Friday, June 22, 2012

Creepy critters and daytime sleepers will be visiting the Linton Public Library on Monday evening, marking the halfway point of the library's summer reading program.

Library Director Jamie Tyner said all ages are invited to the two interactive programs presented by educational group Animal Tales.

Creepy Critters will be in the library's program room at 1 p.m., and may feature a Tarantula, Giant African Millipede, Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Emperor Scorpion, snake and Norway Rat -- depending on availability.

"This program features arachnids, insects and snakes to illustrate that such undesirable critters serve an extremely important purpose to the environment," the group's website explains.

Tyner noted due to limited space participants are encouraged to show up early in order to guarantee a spot in the hands-on activity.

"Weather permitting -- and the weather looks to be good -- our second program will be at 6:30 on the lawn. Seating will be limited so bring a blanket or chairs," Tyner said.

Animal Tales will present "Nature's Nightlife" at 6:30 p.m., and will feature five animals that are awake while the rest of the world is sleeping.

There will be an American Barn Owl; a Rococo Toad, which is one of the world's largest toads; Coatimundi, a Central/South American animal in the raccoon family; an African Crested Porcupine, the largest porcupine in the world; and a Brazilian Rainbow Boa.

"Programs are about 45-50 minutes long, and presenters will stick around to talk to people after the program," Tyner added.

There will be a free raffle for two tickets to the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Tyner said children and adults should participate in the program to learn more about the animals and critters we tend judge by their appearance.

"This program goes along with our summer reading program. We are halfway through the program now, and there is still time to sign up," Tyner noted.

To sign up for the children, teen and adult reading programs visit the Linton Public Library, or call 847-7802 for more information.

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