Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Reading Programs

      We were preparing to head to our local library tonight for the summer reading kick- off program.  We had a bag full of books, movies and books on Cd to return and many more to pick up.  As we were talking about summer reading and all the stories we've been reading I remembered that I had printed out the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal a few weeks back and we hadn't written anything down!  I gave the boys their sheets and told them they should write down any of the books (and authors) that we were returning tonight that they had read.  I helped Evan and before I knew it all of the kids had at least 6 books (Alec's was completed in full!).  We only need 8 to qualify for the reward.  I guess I didn't need to worry about it! 
       We were the first ones at the library for the kick- off event tonight.  The boys were very excited.  Our library arranged for a program called Creature Teachers to come with a bunch of their animals to talk about them, their natural habitats and diet.  My kids love animals so this was right up their alley.  Alec was convinced he wouldn't be stumped-- but he was!  I was too!  There were many new animals that we had never seen in real life before.  We had front row seats and it was a good thing too!  I think they had over 80 people show up.  While that may not seem like a huge number that's a really big turnout for our library. 
Ian and Evan pet Levi
      We saw a cockatiel, an alligator, a skunk, a kookaburra, a Coati, a cane toad (wow! they're huge!), a tarantula, a red- eyed tree frog, and a boa constrictor.  Because we were early we got to pet the cockatiel and watch it walk around the room.  The cockatiel has learned to open it's own cage and can do so in under 3 seconds.  We learned that Alligators and sharks will fall asleep if flipped over onto their backs and watched as this was demonstrated with a live 8 year old alligator.  We learned how to make a Kookaburra call his sound back at us. 
Our librarian hold the cockatiel

Alec loves how soft the cockatiel's feathers are


the Kookaburra is loud!


The red eyed- tree frog led to a discussion of poison dart frogs too


The tarantula throws it's hair at predators
The cane toad is HUGE and has enough poison in it's
glands to kill a full sized crocodile if eaten.


The skunk was actually pretty cute. 


The boa constrictor

A Coati! 

The alligator is sleeping!  It falls asleep when you turn it on it's back
and wake right up when you flip it back right side up!  It was really
neat to see! 

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