Animal Tales Library Programs

When: Monthly
Where: At all Hendricks County Libraries
How Much: Free

Our Park Naturalists come to your local library each month to share a story about a native animal and a related craft or activity with preschool through upper elementary age children. This program is FREE to attend. Some libraries prefer advance registration due to space limitations, so be sure to check with your library about their policy.

For Brownsburg Public Library programs: Call library at (317) 852-3167 to register in advance.

For Avon-Washington Township Public Library programs: Call library at (317) 272-4818 to register in advance.


Upcoming Library Programs

December – Under the Snow

When snow falls, we love to sled and skate and have snowball fights. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Journey from your neighborhood to the woods, where ladybugs crowd together in a gap in the stone wall and a chipmunk snoozes in his burrow. Take a side trip to the pond, where a carp rests quietly on the bottom and a green frog nestles in the mud, scarcely breathing. And then as winter passes and the sun’s rays grow stronger, join all the animals as they get ready for spring.

  • Tues., Dec. 5 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., Dec. 6 at 1:30pm: Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Dec. 6 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Dec. 7 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., Dec. 7 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., Dec. 8 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Dec. 8 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

January – This is Not My Hat

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which fits him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

  • Wed., Jan. 3 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Jan. 4 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., Jan. 4 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., Jan. 5 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., Jan. 5 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Jan. 5 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

February – The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear. How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly-picked red, ripe strawberry?

  • Tues., Feb. 6 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., Feb. 7 at 1:30pm: Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Feb. 7 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Feb. 8 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., Feb. 8 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., Feb. 9 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., Feb. 9 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Feb. 9 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

March – Diary of a Worm

Worm likes school almost as much as he likes weekends. The best part of school for Worm is his teacher, Mrs. Mulch. When Mrs. Mulch misses a day of class, Worm and his friends discover that it’s her birthday. Who knew that teachers could take a day off? Who knew teachers had birthdays? Worm does know one thing — he has to figure out the perfect present.

  • Tues., March 6 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., March 7 at 1:30pm: Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., March 7 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., March 8 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., March 8 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., March 9 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., March 9 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., March 9 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

April – Skunk’s Spring Surprise

When Skunk wakes up from her long winter nap, she can’t wait to see all of her friends. But they’re nowhere to be found! Do they think she stinks? Poor Skunk is fuming…until she discovers the real reason her friends are missing.

  • Tues., April 3 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., April 4 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., April 5 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., April 5 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., April 6 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., April 6 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., April 6 at 4pm: Danville Public Library