Animal Tales Library Programs

When: Monthly
Where: At area public 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.

***NEW!*** Beginning in September, 2018, we have new schedules for most libraries, AND we’ve added the Monrovia branch of the Morgan County Public Library to our schedule! Be sure to double-check the schedule of your favorite public library in September and beyond so that you don’t miss out on Animal Tales!

***NEW!*** Beginning in September, 2018, advance registration is required for most public libraries. Reserve your spot by calling your favorite public library in advance.

  • Avon-Washington Township Public Library:  (317) 272-4818
  • Brownsburg Public Library:  (317) 852-3167
  • Clayton – Liberty Township Public Library:  No advance registration required.
  • Coatesville – Clay Township Public Library:  (317) 386-2355
  • Danville – Center Township Public Library:  (317) 745-2604
  • Jamestown – Tri-Area Public Library:  (765) 676-6190
  • Monrovia branch of Morgan County Public Library:  (317) 996-4307
  • Plainfield – Guilford Township Public Library:  (317) 839-6602
  • Roachdale – Franklin Township Public Library:  (765) 522-1491

Upcoming Library Programs

September – Hey, Little Ant

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book. Originally a song by a father-daughter team, this conversation between two creatures, large and small, is bound to inspire important discussions. It might even answer that classic childhood question: to squish or not to squish?

  • Tues., Sept. 4 at 10:30am:  Clayton Public Library
  • Tues., Sept. 4 at 1pm:  Morgan County Public Library, Monrovia
  • Wed., Sept. 5 at 1:30pm:  Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Sept. 5 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Sept. 6, 3pm:  Roachdale Public Library
  • Thurs., Sept. 6, 4:30pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown
  • Fri., Sept. 7, 2pm:  Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Sept. 7, 4pm:  Danville Public Library

October – In a Nutshell

Here, in luminous illustrations, is the life cycle of an oak — and how it supports life even after it’s gone. An acorn drops from a great oak and grows. Animals nibble at it, a fire threatens it, but overcoming many challenges it eventually towers high in the forest, observing the changing human scene below. Eventually its energy passes into many other life forms — even the cherry pie enjoyed by the boy in the house below.

  • Mon., Oct. 1 at 4:30pm:  Plainfield Public Library
  • Tues., Oct. 2 at 10:30am:  Clayton Public Library
  • Tues., Oct. 2 at 1pm:  Morgan County Public Library, Monrovia
  • Wed., Oct. 3 at 1:30pm:  Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Oct. 3 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Oct. 4, 3pm:  Roachdale Public Library
  • Thurs., Oct. 4, 4:30pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown
  • Fri., Oct. 5, 2pm:  Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Oct. 5, 4pm:  Danville Public Library

November – Raccoon on His Own

When a baby raccoon is swept downstream in an abandoned canoe, he feels afraid. But soon he notices all kinds of things he has never seen before, and from the safety of his little boat, he begins to explore the world around him. Paralleling the exciting — and often frightening — experience of a child’s first adventure away from home, Raccoon on His Own offers little ones a glimpse of being on their own for the very first time.

  • Mon., Nov. 5 at 4:30pm:  Plainfield Public Library
  • Wed., Nov. 7 at 1:30pm:  Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Nov. 7 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Nov. 8, 3pm:  Roachdale Public Library
  • Thurs., Nov. 8, 4:30pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown
  • Fri., Nov. 9, 2pm:  Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Nov. 9, 4pm:  Danville Public Library

December – The Animals’ Winter Sleep

Taking nonfiction into the realm of bedtime read-to-me stories, this rich, melodic text paired with detailed color pencil illustrations describes how 13 North American species — such as black bear, ermine, pileated woodpecker, porcupine, river otter, and ruffed grouse — survive harsh winter snows snug inside their dens, nests, burrows, and lodges.

  • Mon., Dec. 3 at 4:30pm:  Plainfield Public Library
  • Tues., Dec. 4 at 10:30am:  Clayton Public Library
  • Tues., Dec. 4 at 1pm:  Morgan County Public Library, Monrovia
  • Wed., Dec. 5 at 1:30pm:  Coatesville Public Library
  • Wed., Dec. 5 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Dec. 6, 3pm:  Roachdale Public Library
  • Thurs., Dec. 6, 4:30pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown
  • Fri., Dec. 7, 2pm:  Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Dec. 7, 4pm:  Danville Public Library