Annapolis Valley Library adds days at Aylesford zoo to summer reading program

Nancy Kelly
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The Annapolis Valley Library expanded its annual summer reading programming to include activities at Oaklawn Farm Zoo.

“It has been such a positive partnership,” said Wendy Kearnes, outreach services manager for the regional library system. She explained the library hosted Library Day at the Zoo, located south of Aylesford, once in in July and again on Aug. 12.

“We wanted to offer some no cost/low cost experiences for people and a day at the zoo seemed like a natural fit for families,” furthered Kearnes, who hopes the initiative will continue next year.

On both occasions, youth up to the age of 18 holding a library card were admitted to the zoo at no cost. The library also hosted a variety of activities for kids in the pavilion outside the entrance of the zoo.

“Today kids have the chance to do make some needle-felted animals with zoo-produced fibres,”  including those from camels, bears, artic foxes and lions said Kearnes. Participants could keep their crafts or contribute them to a hanging that will be left at the zoo.

Other on site activities included a dress up area, facing painting, storytime and a chance to get up close and personal with some residents of the zoo.

Zookeeper Mike Brobbel said the zoo was pleased to partner with the library to offer the opportunity as a way "to give back to the community.”

“It’s important to keep kids reading and active in the summer and we are happy to be part of that.”

The AVL bookmobile was also on site and all kids with library cards received a free book of their choice. Books were made available courtesy of the Adopt a Library Literacy program. 

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Library, Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Library Literacy

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley

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