Animal Tales Library Programs

Our Park Naturalists and volunteers come to your local library each month to share a story about a native animal and a related craft or activity!

These programs are FREE to attend and are most appropriate for preschool to upper elementary age children.

Advance registration is required by contacting your local public library.

  • Avon-Washington Township Public Library:  (317) 272-4818
  • Brownsburg Public Library:  (317) 852-3167
  • Clayton – Liberty Township Public Library:  (317) 539-2991
  • Danville – Center Township Public Library:  (317) 745-2604
  • Jamestown – Tri-Area Public Library:  (765) 676-6190
  • Monrovia branch of Morgan County Public Library:  (463) 300-4085

Upcoming Stories

December: The Reason for a Flower

Discover the amazing world of seeds and pollination with The Reason for a Flower. Featuring bright illustrations and a simple text, each page walks you through the journey of a seed and explains the important parts of a flower, of germination, of food-based plants, and more! The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds, but Ruth Heller shares a lot more about parts of plants and their functions in her trademark rhythmic style.

  • Clayton: Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monrovia: Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.
  • Jamestown: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
  • Avon: Friday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Danville: Friday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

January: Snow Ravens by Bruno Hächler

In the dead of winter, three ravens perch on the gnarly branch of an old tree. Two of the ravens complain bitterly, grumbling and squawking about the cold and snow. But the third raven doesn’t say a word. As he watches the children frolicking in the snow, flopping on the ground and filling the field with fresh snow angels, he longs to join in the fun. The plucky little raven spends a tireless night, wiggling and hopping, trying to make a snow angel of his own!

  • Clayton: Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monrovia: Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.
  • Jamestown: Thursday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m.
  • Avon: Friday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.
  • Danville: Friday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m.

February: Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller

It’s almost Groundhog Day! Everyone knows that Groundhog has an important job to do every February 2, but this year he’s not feeling well. Dr. Owl diagnoses him with the flu and orders two days of bed rest. But how will people know the weather forecast if Groundhog is down in his hole in bed? Then Groundhog has in idea―he can hire a substitute! Will he be able to find a substitute or will Groundhog Day be cancelled this year?

  • Clayton: Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monrovia: Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Jamestown: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Avon: Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Danville: Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

March: Skunk’s Spring Surprise by Lesléa Newman

When Skunk wakes from her long winter nap, she can’t wait to see all 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. In this charming companion to Where Is Bear?, Lesléa Newman and Valeri Gorbachev have once again created a funny and warm story about doing whatever it takes to show friends how important they are.

  • Clayton: Tuesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monrovia: Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m.
  • Jamestown: Thursday, March 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Avon: Friday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Danville: Friday, March 10 at 4 p.m.

April: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arrive safely at their new home. Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions.

  • Clayton: Tuesday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monrovia: Tuesday, April 4 at 1 p.m.
  • Brownsburg: Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
  • Jamestown: Thursday, April 6 at 3 p.m.