Petting zoo at the Moline library

Providing children and families with live educational experiences

MOLINE, Ill. - The Moline Library will host a petting zoo Thursday morning, as a part of the library's summer reading program.
The library only hosts this event every two years.
A wide variety of animals will make their way to the library providing kids' and families with a live educational experience.
Not only is it a fun opportunity for children, but it's an experience that is a part of a national wide campaign to prevent what coordinators call summer slide.
Children's Services Coordinator Christina Conklin said it's a way for kids to see what they read in books.
She said the library will also provide children and families with farm themed books as well as free educational toys.
Conklin said they always see an improvement in the way kids are able to retain the information they read in books after the live petting zoo.
"The more exposure children have to different things, the better they will do in school," Conklin said.
"We like to do this especially during the summertime because there is something that is called summer slide when the kids are on vacation, they're not reading, they're not going to class, they're not doing a lot of the things they would be doing at school," said Conklin.
"We like to offer these activities that are going to be fun and educational so that they keep up that learning process during the summer," Conklin said.
The free event starts at 9 AM in the parking lot of the Moline library and runs until 3 PM.

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