A dog adoption is one of many activities the Wood River Public Library has planned for Saturday's summer reading kickoff event.
The Wood River Public Library kicks off the reading program for the dog days of summer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the library parking lot and ends July 18. The library has partnered with the 5As animal shelter for an adoption event.
“This year’s summer reading program theme is ‘Paws to Read,’ and part of our focus this summer is to encourage our community to help the animals in our lives,” Wood River Library Director Kate Kite said. “Partnering with 5As at our kickoff party is one way to help achieve that goal.”
The dog adoption is one of many activities the library has planned for the summer reading kickoff event. There also will be face-painting, a sidewalk chalk drawing area to allow children to show their creative sides, and Wood River resident Jeri Parks will donate her time and talents as a balloon artist. The library is also introducing a game called the “Cow Pocket Rocket Game” — the only game in existence where you squeeze a cow’s belly to shoot a ball into a dog’s mouth.
From 2 to 3 p.m., Fred and his feathered friends will make an appearance where you’ll see the talents of an amazing group of exotic parrots. A basketball playing macaw and an Amazon parrot will skate. All birds were trained using positive reinforcement.
Lunch will be provided by the Pump House and will run from noon until 1 p.m. Cupcakes have been donated from Stevie Baby’s, owned by Steven and Mary Scroggins of Wood River.
The summer reading program runs from June 7 to July 18 and is targeted to all ages; participants can register Saturday. The Wood River Library is located at 326 E. Ferguson Ave. For information, call Kate or Ashley at (618) 254-4832.