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Panda-moan-ium at the BOOKField Zoo

A Summer Reading Kick-Off Play

Monday May 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Seating is limited. Registration is required and may be made by calling 815-223-0229 ext.5.

It’s opening day at the BOOKfield Zoo, the happiest zoo in the world. At this zoo, the books are free, all the children love to read, and the animals roam free. But wait!  When Dr. Zoo Zoo Zoovago arrives for an inspection of the zoo, he discovers the animals have been stricken with the BLUE FLU! There’s only one cure for the BLUE FLU and only the Junior Zookeepers, our summer readers, can provide the “Happiness” cure through reading and random acts of kindness!

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Children who did not see the play during a school field trip to the library are invited to experience the story behind our summer reading program by coming to an evening performance of our play. The library is decorated, our actors are in costume, the music is ready, and fun and laughter are guaranteed!   Children will be introduced to Dr. Zoo Zoo Zoovago, who is out to solve the problem of why the happiest zoo in the world is in trouble. The audience will meet Lady Penny of Penguin Promenade; the “divine” Miss Piggy Panda, aspiring actress; and Trish Fish, a one of a kind catch.

Bring the kids and get ready for some great fun that will inspire your child to keep reading this summer. The library will host free family friendly entertainment, provide reading incentives and prizes, mini camps and more this summer! Because we understand families are busy during the summer, most activities are available during our normal business hours!

Why children should join summer reading programs.

Summer reading programs are all about the kids having fun. Just as important, research tells us children who read 15-20 minutes a day during the summer are less likely to experience the “summer slide” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall. Children, parents, and teachers work very hard during the school year to achieve reading progress and summer reading programs help keep the reading momentum going.

For detailed information about our summer reading program, click here.

Doggie Tales: Reading with Tillie


Thursday, April 17, 2014

6:30-7:30 PM

Join Ms. Pam and Tillie the Cavalier King Charles spaniel for Doggie Tales the third Thursday of the month. 

Tillie loves to hear children read stories. She doesn’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Tillie just wants to help children build confidence in reading.

Tillie is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs. Children will read to Tillie for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings. 

To register, contact the Children’s Services department at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

Ongoing Doggie Tales dates:  Thursday, May 15

View our program archive and pictures from past events here.