I’ll be at the Zoo, will you?

As this hot, sunny summer is drawing to a close, have you picked up your free zoo tickets yet? Any participant in our Summer of Learning program for children or teens is eligible to receive two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo!

How do you get them? Fill out a simple survey by Thursday, Sept. 10.

wild scienceFind surveys at your local library:

  • On the back of Summer of Learning activity booklets
  • On the fliers for early learners
  • On the teen program fliers
  • Or online at www.spl.org/summeroflearning.

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Wild Science! Summer of Learning at the Library!

Can it be summer already? We’re gearing up for a fantastic summer of fun and learning, with programs and classes for kids and teens, with activity booklets and book giveaways and this year, for the first time, a partnership with Woodland Park Zoo — yes, that means free zoo tickets, come August, while supplies last. Today the website for all things Summer of Learning went live — which is a marrrrvelllous preview for events that start on June 15. Let’s stop the summer slide, but have a great time doing it!

Click here to go to the Summer of Learning, Wild Science! website


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~posted by SPL staff

Tigers (Panthera tigris), the largest of all cats, are critically endangered. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), fewer than 2,500 adult tigers remain in the wild today. There were over 100,000 a century ago. They have lost over 90% of their natural habitat and are now found in isolated populations.

wpz logoAt the Woodland Park Zoo, a major state-of-the-art exhibit called Banyan Wilds opened May 2. The focal point of the Asian Tropical Forest Initiative is a naturalistic complex teeming with the wildlife and sounds of a tropical forest. Members of the Malayan tiger subspecies (Panthera tigris jacksonia) and sloth bears are featured in Banyan Wilds. The three tigers are brothers Olan, Liem, and Eko, born at the Little Rock Zoo in 2013. In celebration of this new exhibit, the Zoo has partnered with the Library on several projects occurring in the next few months. Continue reading “Tigers!”

Find the Zoo at the Library!

A visit to the zoo is a great family outing during the summer months, and sharing a book or two with your kids before, during, or after your visit can be a great way to infuse literacy and learning into a fun filled day with the animals. There are so many great books about the zoo, but below are just a few of my favorites.

Sick DayA Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Every day, zookeeper Amos McGee would take time out of his day to visit his animal friends, whether it’s playing chess with Elephant or reading stories to Owl, but one day he wakes to aches and chills. He decides to take the day off from work, but when he doesn’t show, his animal friends grow worried and pay him a visit at home. This sweet story is accompanied by charming pencil illustrations that won this title the Caldecott Medal in 2011. Continue reading “Find the Zoo at the Library!”