Being “brave with toughness” – Ada Herald

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ADA – The public library here has probably just had its most successful summer ever! Because the library is also getting a good start for the start of the school year…

Library Director Rhett Grant said the library offered a dizzying 86 programs this summer and had a whopping 1,616 participants in all, according to the numbers just tabulated.

One of the most popular programs was the Exotic Children’s Zoo held at Memorial Park. It drew nearly 200 parents and children and provided, perhaps, the bravest “Ada moment” of the summer.

The petting zoo, among other things, featured a monkey, exotic birds, and, like, a one-and-a-half-year-old alligator. After the zoo manager ‘handled’ the ‘Beefy’ alligator for a while, he then allowed the children to line up and pet him. And it went well.

What didn’t go so well initially was that the handler then asked if any parents wanted to “hold” the alligator. None, of course, did so initially. So Mr. Grant stepped in to get the ball rolling and assure the other adults that everything was safe.

That, of course, is why they pay him the big bucks at the library.

After Mr Grant, grimacing slightly at first, held the alligator for about 8.3 seconds, other adults (but not many) lined up.

Other programs this summer were less dangerous…

There was, for example, the show “Magic Nate the Magician”; “Mark Wood’s Fun Show”; and Dave Lusk, a science teacher at Ada High School, did a show on, “How Water Molecules Bond.” (The previous year, Mr. Lusk had made the show even more popular: “How Bottle Rockets Fly.”)

Although this one hasn’t been as popular with owners living near the library.

On the reading side, because it is a “library” after all, there were over 400 youth and adults who participated in the summer reading program this year. Mr. Grant noted how high that figure was. He also said, as an example, that an average youngster in the program will read five to eight books.

And on to fall…

The library will offer regular fall programs such as: family story time; Toddler Time; Bingo night; Adult Book Group; Coloring Club… Mr Grant said the Coloring Club offers both coloring books for young people and adults, and the library provides crayons, markers etc.

In addition, Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. there is “Teen Time”. There’s teen crafts, teen bowling, and new this year: teen putt-putt golf. Move over Tiger Woods!

For more specific activity times and more activities, contact the library.

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