Dinosaur fun is real experience

By Paige Nash

Ranger Martin stopped by both Webster Parish Minden and Springhill branch libraries Wednesday, with a couple of his dinosaur buddies in tow. More than 100 children were able to meet three-month-old, Rexie and 3-year-old, Nash. The dinosaurs may not have been real, but the experience definitely was.  

This Dinosaur Experience was one of the special events offered to children in Webster Parish, free of charge, as a part of the libraries’ Summer Reading Program. 

Ranger Martin, Rexie and Nash were able to provide a fun, but informative show allowing participants to answer questions, get a glimpse at real fossils, and fill in as a dinosaur ranger for the hour. At the end of the event, participants were able to get up close to take photos with the dinosaurs, too. 

This was just one of many experiences being provided in a jam-packed summer lineup. All seven library branches in the parish have something going on almost every day of the week, including movie nights, crafts, story times and more. 

“Our summer reading program so far has been very successful. We are seeing huge turnout numbers, more than even before Covid. A large number of teens this year, as well as kids have registered,” said Savannah Jones, Director of the Webster Parish Library System. 

Steve’s Snaketuary will be the next event featuring a guest speaker and a few live snakes, too. They will be stopping by the Minden and Springhill branches on July 20, and the Cotton Valley branch on July 27. You can call any of these branches for more information or to register your children.