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Children learn about African animals from expert at library

Lauren Orton, curator of education from the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, recently shared "bio-facts" at the DeKalb Public Library's Little Learner program.
Lauren Orton, curator of education from the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, recently shared "bio-facts" at the DeKalb Public Library's Little Learner program.

Children at the DeKalb Public Library were able to view and touch actual African animal “bio-facts” on Aug. 8 and 9 during the regularly scheduled Little Learners story times.

Lauren Orton, curator of education from the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, brought items including a zebra hoof, snake skin, African civet skull, elephant hide, a model of a gorilla hand, and a python skull. Orton collaborated with Marti Brown, Youth Services specialist at the library, in planning and presenting the program for children from several communities in DeKalb County. The program also included picture books, music and crafts centered on the African animal theme. 

The Little Learners programs are held each week at the DeKalb Public Library at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:30, 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History is at 425 W. State St. in Sycamore.

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., is open seven days a week. Visit www.dkpl.org, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter for other library news and events.

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