ZOOKEEPER Drew cradles an adorable African bush baby, whose large eyes help the nocturnal animal see at night. Kids attending the Animal Adventures Summer Reading Program also learned its collapsible ears rotate independently to zero in on prey in the dark! (Danielle Masterson Photo)


NORTH READING — Animal Adventures of Bolton delighted a large crowd of Flint Memorial Library patrons on July 7.  Zookeeper Drew gave several hundred participants a chance to meet many exotic animals brought to Ipswich River Park. He taught the children all about African bush babies, tortoises, lizards, alligators, rabbits, hedgehogs, boa constrictors and ferrets.

Did you know that ferrets are extremely flexible and fall asleep when grabbed by the scruff of their necks?

As of July 7, a total of 275 readers had read 1,316 days as part of the Tails & Tales challenge, reports Youth Services Librarian Danielle Masterson. Keep up the great work, kids!

The Little School, with 60 participants, had read the most through that date.  “We are one-quarter of the way toward reaching our goal of 5,000 days read as a group,” added Masterson.

The Summer Reading Program offers a rolling admission so children may register at any time now through Aug. 13.

To register for both Tails & Tales and the state-wide Boston Bruins reading challenge, visit the library’s website at https://flintmemoriallibrary.org/summer-reading.

Summer reading is for all ages this year; you’re not too old to take part!

For every day that you read, and enter your progress on Beanstack, readers ages 0 to 18 will receive an entry for a weekly prize pack giveaway. We will give away 10 prize packs each week until August 13. You may win once per program. The more you read, the more entries you receive, which will carry over throughout the program.

You may take part in both programs, but you only need to log your reading once on Beanstack.

The summer program is sponsored by several local businesses — Bark n’ Roll, Beacon Hill Staffing Group, Pampered Chef (Kristen Russell), Park Street Veterinary Clinic, Paws at the Park, Royal Air Systems, Scotty’s Tire, Urban Air Adventure Park and Wunderlich-Malec.

The Friends of the Flint Memorial Library, North Reading Cultural Council, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Massachusetts Library System, Boston Bruins (NHL) and Boston Pride (NWHL) are also sponsoring summer library events and programming.

For more information on the program, please visit https://flintmemoriallibrary.org/summer-reading or call 978-664-4942 ext. 3. You may sign up at any time during the summer either in person or online, but you must log your reading on Beanstack to win prizes.