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Maple Ridge Public Library hosts animal-free petting zoo event on Sept. 19

The Playground Petting Zoo educates about what can be borrowed from the library
The Maple Ridge Public Library will be hosting a Playground Petting Zoo event on Tuesday, Sept. 19. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

A petting zoo is coming to the Maple Ridge Public Library soon, but this one won’t have animals.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the library will be hosting its playground petting zoo event, which community librarian supervisor Liza Morris said is meant to showcase the many benefits of the Playground lending collection offered through all Fraser Valley Regional Library locations.

“The Playground at FVRL offers customers of all ages free access to fun and engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) related learning experiences, including lending collections and in-library experiences,” explained Morris.

“As part of Science Literacy Week in September, we are hosting the Playground Petting Zoo event at Maple Ridge Public Library to demonstrate all the amazing lending items people may not be aware that they can borrow for free from FVRL.”

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This is a library service that far too many people are unaware is available to them, explained Morris.

“When you tell people about the Playground lending collection, they are often surprised that you can borrow more than just books and DVDs from the library,” she said.

Some of the items that can be borrowed through the Playground collection include ukuleles, bird-watching backpacks, puzzle cubes, disc golf sets, telescopes, sunshine lamps, radon detectors, portable solar panels, nature packs, and more.

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The Playground Petting Zoo event will teach kids and adults alike about everything they can borrow from the library, with staff on hand to teach customers how to use the items.

This free event runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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