Dinosaur Day set for Jan. 18

Jan 11, 2014
Patty King holds an ammonite fossil, which is part of the fossil collection on loan and on display from Ben Angulo.

Rockland — Rockland Public Library invites children and families to come and celebrate all things prehistoric on Dinosaur Day, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Scheduled programs are a ROAR! Storytime, featuring dinosaur stories, songs and movement, at 11 a.m. and Scales and Tales: Amazing Reptiles! presented by Chewonki at 2 p.m.

Using four live non-releasable reptiles, this program will introduce four of the five major groups of reptiles and compare their adaptations for survival. Many people conjure up images of slimy skin and bloodthirsty monsters when they hear the word "reptile." This hands-on program works to dispel some of those fears by allowing students to examine snake skins, turtle shells, skeletons, and other unique reptilian artifacts.

All-day activities include: a scavenger hunt for dinosaur facts, with a prize drawing for all participants at the end of the day; a fossil dig (and other surprises) at our indoor dig site; activity stations throughout the children’s room, a fossil museum with real fossils, including Woolly Mammoth and Megalodon shark teeth, dinosaur face-painting by Oceanside East’s Key Club members, and a dinosaur art wall where all are invited to get creative and add their art. Activities will wind down at 3 p.m.

This month the library is also featuring a display of various animal bones on loan from Jim Lehman and fossils on loan from Ben Angulo, including those from ammonites and an ichthyosaurus. The Rockland Public Library located at 80 Union St. and is open Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 594-0310 for more information.

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