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

September – A Log’s Life

One stormy day a strong wind rages through the forest, causing an old oak tree to bend and sway. Lightning strikes; the tree crashes to the ground. Now it’s a giant log. In this fascinating book, author Wendy Pfeffer and illustrator Robin Brickman introduce readers to the life cycle of a tree. The informative, lyrical text is complemented by stunning, three-dimensional paper sculptures that showcase the forest ecosystem, inspiring readers to take a close look at the trees — and logs — in their own backyards.

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

October – Nightsong

Sense is the song you sing out into the world, 
and the song the world sings back to you.
 

With these words, Chiro’s mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It’s an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense. This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.

  • Tues., Oct. 3 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., Oct. 4 at 1:30pm: Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Oct. 4 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Oct. 5 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., Oct. 5 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., Oct. 6 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., Oct. 6 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Oct. 6 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

November – Vulture View

Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don’t hunt―they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of nature’s clean-up crew. In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley-Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Steve Jenkins capture these birds in all their surprising majesty.

  • Tues., Nov. 7 at 2pm: Roachdale Public Library
  • Wed., Nov. 8 at 1:30pm: Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Nov. 8 at 4pm: Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Nov. 9 at 2pm: Tri-Area Library, Jamestown
  • Thurs., Nov. 9 at 4pm: Clayton Public Library
  • Fri., Nov. 10 at 12:30pm: Plainfield Public Library
  • Fri., Nov. 10 at 2pm: Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Nov. 10 at 4pm: Danville Public Library

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