The Explorer Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 15

Join us for Animal Tales! Our Park Naturalists come to your local library each month to share a story about a native animal and a related craft or activity with preschool through upper elementary age children. This program is FREE to attend. Some libraries prefer advance registration, so be sure to check with your library about their policy. MAY JUNE The Busy Beaver The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green by Nicholas Oldland The busy but careless beaver spends his days following random impulses, rarely thinking things through and leaving in his wake a devastated forest filled with stumps, half-nibbled trees and injured, homeless animals. But then one day the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. Who’s afraid of the fox in the dark? Rabbit is. So are Duck, Mouse and Lamb. They all squish into Rabbit’s house to hide. But is the fox really as scary as they think? JULY by Anna Milbourne and Mat Russell JAMESTOWN Thursdays at 2 p.m. May 3, June 7, July 5, August 9 COATESVILLE Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. May 2 CLAYTON Thursdays at 4 p.m. May 3, June 7, July 5, August 9 BROWNSBURG Wednesdays at 4 p.m. PLAINFIELD-GUILFORD TWP Fridays at 12:30 p.m. May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10 May 2, June 6, August 8 RECOMMENDED READING FOR ADULTS DESERT SOLITAIRE BY EDWARD ABBEY First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form. Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world, as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid The Salamander Room Follow the adventures of a wriggly tadpole in this captivating picture book that peeks into the depths of a cool, dark pond. The simple and engaging text is accompanied by vibrant illustrations as young readers encounter enormous fish, fluffy ducklings, and shimmering dragonflies. ROACHDALE Tuesdays at 2 p.m. May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7 Call library at (317) 852-3167 to register in advance AUGUST In the Pond by Anne Mazer A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. Together, Anne Mazer and Steve Johnson have created a woodland paradise that any salamander would love to share with a child. AVON-WASHINGTON TWP Fridays at 2 p.m. Call library at (317) 272-4818 to register in advance May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10 DANVILLE Fridays at 4 p.m. May 4, June 8, July 6, August 10 development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written. Born in the town of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Abbey decided