Animal Tales Library Programs

When: Monthly
Where: At area public libraries
Cost: 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.

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.
  • 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

December – Owl Moon

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is. 

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

January – Little Loon and Papa

It’s time for diving lessons, but Little Loon is too nervous. When Papa shows him how to tuck in his feathers and dip down into the water, Little Loon rushes away without trying. But then things become even more startling when Papa’s not close by. And as Little Loon hears the reassuring call of his father, he’s finally ready to take his first dive.

  • Mon., Jan. 6 at 4:30pm:  Plainfield Public Library
  • Tues., Jan. 7 at 10:30am:  Clayton Public Library
  • Tues., Jan. 7 at 1pm:  Morgan County Public Library, Monrovia
  • Wed., Jan. 8 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., Jan. 9 at 3pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown 
  • Fri., Jan. 10 at 2pm:  Avon Public Library
  • Fri., Jan. 10 at 4pm:  Danville Public Library

February – Coyote Places the Stars

One evening, crafty Coyote climbs the moon to discover the secrets of the heavens. Instead, he finds a way to make the most wonderful pictures for all the world to see. The next night, the other animals of the canyon look up to the sky, where they see a big surprise!  A retelling of a Wasco Indian legend.

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

March – Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

Created by the U.S. Forest Service and depicting trees as a renewable resource, this book discusses reasons why some trees are removed, the benefits of doing so, and the various uses for wood from cut trees. All of it is so beautifully illustrated in full color that the lessons come alive for adults and children alike.

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

April – This is the Nest That Robin Built

Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.

  • Mon., April 6 at 4:30pm:  Plainfield Public Library
  • Tues., April 7 at 10:30am:  Clayton Public Library
  • Tues., April 7 at 1pm:  Morgan County Public Library, Monrovia
  • Wed., April 8 at 4pm:  Brownsburg Public Library
  • Thurs., April 9 at 3pm:  Tri-Area Public Library, Jamestown 
  • Thurs., April 9 at 4:30pm: Roachdale Public Library