The Summer Reading Program at Cove library kicks into high gear at 2 p.m. Tuesday with a presentation by Mayborn Planetarium.

Children ages 5 to 11 can enjoy the excitement of a journey through time and space with state-of-the-art laser shows and star gazing. Library patron Ronald Baker was excited about the planetarium visiting the library.

“My son never forgot his third-grade field trip (to the planetarium). We were planning on going on a family trip ourselves to show my wife and daughter a whole different way to experience viewing all the stars but never got the chance,” he said. “Now that it will be here, this is a perfect thing to put on your list to do. “

The week continues full speed with Medieval Combat and Arts Day at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Patrons will have the opportunity to step back in time and see the Middle Ages come alive with real armor and sword fights by Library Director Kevin Marsh and his friends.

“We are going to give a full unrehearsed sword fight performance,” Marsh said.” This will be exciting to see.”

A blacksmithing demo will be at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, patrons of all ages can enjoy the sights of various domestic animals and exotic creatures as the Austin Zoo visits the library for the first time. The zoo is a nonprofit rescue organization and animal sanctuary located west of Austin in unincorporated Travis County.

The first week of the two-month Summer Reading Program will end with a performance by “The Singing Cowboy” Freddie Fuller. The Bell County native will entertain country music lovers of all ages at 7 p.m. Friday in the library’s outdoor area.

Whew! So much excitement packed into one week ... and that is just the beginning. What a great way to greet the summer.

For more information on the Cove library Summer Reading Program events, stop by the library at 501 S. Main St., Copperas Cove, or call 254-547-3826.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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