El Paso Zoo, Public Library team up for interactive ‘Wild Things at Your Library’ storytime

The El Paso Zoo and the El Paso Public Library have teamed up to create “Wild Things at Your Library,” a family-friendly, interactive storytime activity that celebrates the joy of reading and learning about wild animals.

“The El Paso Public Library is very excited to start this brand new partnership with the El Paso Zoo to inspire wildlife conservation and reading at the same time,” said Norma Martinez, Interim Library Director. “We hope to provide many more programs of this type in the future.”

For the next three months, zoo education staff will bring different zoo animals and will visit various library branches. Zoo educators will talk about the animal of choice and then read a book or two with library staff about the animal.

The unique storytime allows children to interact with various zoo animals while learning more about wildlife. The show and tell experience also give children an opportunity to check out books and read more about animals.

Each month will have a theme with a featured zoo animal. The themes are as follows:

  • September Slithery Snakes. Readings include children’s books about snakes along with a visit from an El Paso Zoo education snake or lizard.
  • October Creepy Crawlies (sponsored by Truly Nolen). Readings include children’s books about insects and a visit from insect experts from the zoo.
  • November Desert Dwelling Critters. Readings include books about the Chihuahuan Desert to promote the newest exhibit at the El Paso Zoo; the Chihuahuan Desert that is set to open in fall 2019.

Storytime sessions in September start at 11 a.m. at the following library branches:

  • Dorris Van Dorren Branch, Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Westside Branch, Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Jose Cisneros Branch, Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Esperanza Moreno Branch, Wednesday, Sept. 25

Locations and dates for October and November are being finalized. The storytime sessions are free and open to the public. For more information call the El Paso Zoo at (915) 212-2818 or the El Paso Public Library at (915) 212-READ.