The Stewart C. Meyer Library will host Pet Party, a festival of animals, on Wednesday in conjunction with the Pet Adoption Center in Harker Heights.

The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pet Adoption Center on Indian Creek Road, directly across from the library,

The Pet Party is free and open to the public.

Several activities will be available for guests, including bouncers, arts and crafts, face painting and guided tours of the pet adoption center, said Library Director Lisa Youngblood.

“Since we’re a library, we’re interested in literacy as well as education so we feel this will not only entertain them but will be educational and will promote our materials that we have for pets and animal science,” she said.

Aside from promoting the importance of a comprehensive education, the event will help kids start building a sense of community, Youngblood said.

“We know that visiting other facilities in Harker Heights, besides just the library, lets them know what’s going on in our community,” she said.

The library holds various events throughout the summer geared toward community awareness involving local organizations and city departments.

“This is just one more thing we think will help children become a part of their community and knowing what’s out there for them,” she said.

Guests interested in adopting a pet will have the opportunity to do so at the event. However, those who cannot adopt will still be able to enjoy the experience.

“Our intention is to get everyone familiar with the center so they know it’s there and when they’re able to adopt an animal they can do that,” Youngblood said.

All visitors are asked to park in the library’s parking lot because of limited parking at the adoption center.

Police escorts will be on hand to help guests cross the street safely, Youngblood said.

The Stewart C. Meyer Library is at 400 Indian Trail.

For more information, call Youngblood at (254) 953-5491.

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