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Roddenbery Memorial Library will host an animal education program for all ages this Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m.
Part of the library’s summer reading festivities, the community is invited to enjoy “Animal Tales and Tails,” presented by Animal Tales Southeast at the Davis Park pavilion or in the library’s auditorium, pending weather.
Animal Tales and Trails educates participants on “different exotic animal tales and how they use them,” according to the organization’s website.
R.M.L. children’s coordinator Patsy Pallone explained that this year’s statewide summer reading theme, “Tails and Tales,” offered the perfect opportunity to incorporate a program from the Animal Tales, after an event scheduled last summer was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Ham, owner and director of the Animal Tales Southeast, began his career as a naturalist at the Birmingham Zoo at age 16 and studied biology at the University of Alabama. Ham was contracted to work with Animal Tales in 2009 and has been leading its southeast division since 2017.
Pallone says that Ham and his organization’s “animal edzoocation” programs come highly recommended by other libraries in southeast Georgia.
Roddenbery kicked off its summer reading activities for ages 11 and under on Saturday, June 5, and will celebrate its completion with a Farm Day Picnic at Davis Park on August 14.
Regular children’s programming at the library this summer includes weekly “Take-and-Make” crafts, Friday story time from 11 a.m. to noon for ages 5 and under, and art class on Mondays at 2 p.m. for ages 8 to 11.