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Youngsters create raccoon masks during Thursday’s library program

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

Youngsters had the opportunity to learn about raccoons during a special program Thursday afternoon as part of the 2015 Summer Reading program at Captiva Memorial Library.

Last week’s program revolved around the book “Raccoon on his Own,” which was presented by Kaylee Brant, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center intern.

She shared information with the children about how big a raccoon can be, what they eat, their curious nature that results in grabbing everything with their feet, how their fur is water proof and what the word omnivore means. Brant also taught the attendees about other animals from the book, which included an alligator, white ibis and brown pelican.

After the kids learned about the animal, they colored masks that had the face of a raccoon.

Naomi Pastor, library associate for youth services, said for six weeks during the summer weeks every Thursday at 3 p.m. they offer programs for school aged children.

This year the theme for the program is “Every Hero has a Story,” As the youngsters read, they provide meals and supplies to CROW. At the beginning of the summer reading program, which began on June 6, and runs through July 25, the youngsters had the opportunity to pick out a book.

There are three remaining programs offered at the library, which include Art Studio with DiVitto Kelly. The program, which is all about dalmatians will be held on July 16 and The Superheroes of PBS Kids will be held on July 23.

The final program will be held Saturday, July 25, at 3 p.m. for kids, tweens and teens for the Superhero End of the Summer Reading Party.

This year, Pastor said she had 32 school aged children participate in the summer reading program.

The program is also offered for teens online where they do all of their activities and log their hours of reading. Pastor said the nice thing about them working online is they can participate in the activities at any time they choose.

A systemwide drawing will be held for all age groups who finish their reading hours. Pastor said school aged children have the opportunity to win a six person party in the Book Mobile and teens can win a behind the scenes tour of CROW.

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