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June 30, 2014

The Library Shelf 07-01-14

Stillwater library plans to go wild

Around this time of summer, being out of school has lost a bit of its luster, boredom is on the rise and the heat is driving kids inside. If you have a load of wild, bored kids, then coming to the library to read and enjoy the entertainment is your solution. This week, “Animal Tales” is coming all the way from Kentucky to bring a zoo full of critters to the library.

Michael Opferman, a high school biology teacher and “Animal Tales” naturalist, will be introducing kids to five fascinating wild animals on July 8 at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Young adults will get their own chance to meet and learn about the menagerie on July 9, at 2 p.m.

The animals visiting the library include:

• Capybara, which is the world’s largest rodent. Capybaras live in South America and weigh between 77 and 146 pounds.

• Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula, also known as the second largest spider in the world - yuck!

• Giant African Bullfrog, which can weigh up to 4.5 pounds and can live up to 20 years.

• Boa Constrictor which squeezes its prey to suffocate and kill it (more yuck!). The kids will be meeting a boa constrictor that is seven feet long.

 • Ivory Billed Aracari, a tiny, adorable member of the toucan family. His bill looks bigger than his entire body.

The audiences will have a wild time meeting the critters and learning about how animals are classified. Some of you will even be lucky enough to be hands-on volunteers. Afterward, in the library to checkout some of the cool books we have on the animals you’ll meet.

On July 10, Summer Cinema features Gru, a wildly despicable villain who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The rated PG film shows at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Stacy DeLano is an Adult Services Librarian for the Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. To register for any programs, email For information, contact  at 405-372-3633, extension 8124, or visit

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