TIFFIN– You may be hearing some strange noises coming from Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library these days, as young readers explore scientific concepts as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off June 4 with a visit from Sam Dunn, education specialist at Blank Park Zoo, and the friends she brought along induced some squeals, gasp and a lot of laughter from the kids in attendance.
Dunn introduced several species of unusual animals, including Pickles the salamander, Chorus the bull snake, an armadillo named Scoots and Burt, the tortoise. Dunn said zoo has an educational mission when it makes presentations to children’s groups.
“The goal is to inspire an appreciation for the animals, and we have a conservation message as well,” said Dunn. “It’s important because we visit a lot of places where there is no zoo close by. We bring the animals to them so they can learn about the animals, their food, their habits and things they can do to be respectful of nature.”
Each summer, the Springmier Library– which serves both the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district and the general Tiffin community– participates in the statewide Summer Reading Program, sponsored in part by Hills Bank. Local daycare programs and individuals from the community are invited to visit the library each week during story time, participate in a variety of theme-related activities and enjoy special presentations and guest speakers. Young readers are invited to keep reading logs throughout the program’s duration, and turn them in at the end to receive a free T-shirt. The program ends July 30.
Library Director Kris Petersen said the summer reading program events are well attended. More importantly, it’s a great way to encourage regular reading.
“The kids really enjoy when we have special speakers and they have fun with the activities,” said Petersen.
The next special event is scheduled for July 9, when Maggie Erdmann will do a presentation on puppets and puppet making, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.