‘Zoo To You’ Comes To Mesa Public Library July 16

Kids check out a lizard at a previous ‘Zoo to You’ visit to Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/MPL

Albuquerque BioPark’s “Zoo to You” program is coming to Mesa Public Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16. They will set up their program in the upper parking lot, following the Farmer’s Market.

“Get eye to eye with beautiful birds, small mammals, amazing amphibians and reptiles,” Program Director Jo Pelhan said. “Docents guide you through this traveling exhibit of animals and hands-on biofacts — including bones, pelts, feathers, shells and other interesting animal items — as you learn about conservation.”

For more than 30 years, the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo has offered the “Zoo to You” outreach program to communities throughout the state of New Mexico. 

This free educational program is given by zoo volunteer teachers called docents. They bring animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation. Kids are encouraged to touch animal bones, pelts, hides, and feathers.

The “Zoo to You” program is one of dozens of special programs throughout the summer that are part of the Los Alamos County Library System’s Summer Reading Program.

Also July 16, Ready-Set-Read, is held for 4 to 6-year olds, 1-1:45 p.m., and 6-7 p.m. Kids will be treated to “Dino Night,” a one-of a kind event for kids and families, all about dinosaurs. There will be crafts, games, and lots of roaring!

All Library events are free and open to the public. The special summer reading program calendar can be found on the library’s website, www.losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/YouthServices.aspx , or pick up a copy in Los Alamos or White Rock libraries.

The Summer Reading program will wrap up July 31 at the new White Rock Branch library, with games, prizes, refreshments and a show by Wise Fool.