I have always loved reading, so much so that I am not happy unless I have three new books to work my way through at any given time.

Because of this, I always enjoyed my library’s summer reading programs as a child because it made reading an interactive experience. But never in all my time attending those events did I get to pet lemurs, play with monkeys or see baby kangaroos.

Those are some of the animals Wild Things Zoofari has offered to attendees of the Copperas Cove public library’s Summer Reading Program in past years, and they will be coming again for two shows on Thursday at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

“Most of the animals Courtney (Pineda) brings are mammals and she will be doing a mammal animal show, though they do have reptiles,” said Martha Dye, head of the Summer Reading Program. “It’s also educational, because they teach the kids a lot about the animals.”

Last year the people with Zoofari brought seven different animals to show off to the children and adults. Attendees also were allowed to pet a lemur.

Space is limited, since the room has a maximum capacity of 150 people. The library staff starts stamping hands to allow people into the room an hour before, so arrive early to guarantee a spot.

On Wednesday, the library will hold a special superhero trivia game for children ages 11-16.

“Some of the categories will be things like DC universe, Marvel universe, or princesses to the rescue,” Dye said.

The trivia event will begin at 2 p.m. and last until 3:30.

Tuesday features two events: A reading time for toddlers at 10:30 a.m. and a guest speaker visiting children ages 5-11 at 2 p.m.

A representative from the Cove recycling center will visit to tell children about the importance of recycling and also will show them some of the things that can be made from recycled material, so the presentation will have a hands-on component as well.

To find out more about the Summer Reading Program, as well as other events the library offers, call 254-547-3826, or visit the library at 501 South Main St., or go to library.copperascovetx.gov.

Contact Artie Phillips at artie@kdhnews.com.

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