Curious creatures invade Stillwater Public Library June 30-July 1

animal tales(STILLWATER, OKLA. / June 23, 2015) – A menagerie of exotic animals with super adaptive powers will visit Stillwater Public Library June 30 and July 1. Kids and teens will get the chance to interact with these amazing animals when “Animal Tales” performs at the children’s and teens’ summer reading programs.

“Many animals have their own unique abilities and superpowers,” said Jonathan Hardison, naturalist and animal handler. “Enhanced adaptations for sight, sound, touch, strength and movement allow these animals to overcome impossible barriers.”

On Tuesday, “Heroes of the Wild” will be presented at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children and families will be meeting a Von der Deckens Hornbill, an African Crested Porcupine, a Hog Island Boa Constrictor, a Chinchilla and a Red Kangaroo.

On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., young adults in grades 6-12 will meet the same animals at their own program, “Animal Avengers.” They will also get to engage with two other special animal guests, a Burmese Python and a Bird Eating Tarantula.

The audience at both programs will get to interact with the animals through “hands-on” volunteering, a question & answer session and other crowd participation activities.

“We love having ‘Animal Tales’ visit the library,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “The animals are not just up on the stage out of reach. The handler walks through the audience with the animals, and every person is guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.”

The library will also feature several films during the week.

On Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., as part of the adult summer reading program, the library will be showing the 1978 original film about a man who is super. In it, a child from a dying planet is sent to Earth, where he is brought up by human parents. As an adult, he poses as a newspaper reporter and uses his special powers to save others. The movie is rated PG and families with children are welcome to attend.

The summer movie fun continues on Thursday during “Summer Cinema” at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The audience will be watching a rated G animated hit on the big screen featuring a waste management robot and his cockroach buddy who finds true love. Free popcorn is included. Call the Help Desk for the specific title.

Major “Summer @ Your Library” sponsors include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Chris’ University Spirit, KOSU, OK Quality Printing, Inc., U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Arvest, Cockrell Eye Care Center, Monty Harper, Sonic, Sylvan Learning Center, Young Professionals of Stillwater and Wal-Mart. Please visit the library website for a full list of sponsors.

For more information about upcoming summer programs, contact the Stillwater Public Library by phone at (405) 372-3633 or by e-mail at, or visit the web site at

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).