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Youth Services is pleased to host Northwest author Clare Hodgson Meeker introducing her new children’s book Growing Up Gorilla, How a Zoo Baby Brought her Family Together, a true animal story about the birth of Yola at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in 2015. Within minutes of Yola’s birth, her mother, a 19-year old gorilla named Nadiri, walked away from the baby rather than picking her up to care for her. Was Nadiri rejecting the baby or did she just not know what to do?   Ms Meeker writes of the dedicated staff at Woodland Park Zoo working to bond Yola with her mother and incorporate the baby into the zoo’s existing gorilla family.

Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author of true animal stories, biographies, folktales, picture books, and chapter books for elementary school-age children. She also teaches writing in the schools and writing for children to adults.

Join us for a discussion of this wonderful new book followed by refreshments.  Ms Meeker will have copies of the book available for purchase.

This new nonfiction book is appropriate for children aged 8 to 12.  We welcome children and caregivers for this special event at the library.

Pajama Musical Hour with Nancy Stewart: Friday, October 11 at 6:30 pm

Join us “under the stars” in the Main Salon for music around the campfire with national award-winning children’s singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart.

It’s our night time pajama version of preschool stories set to music.

Families with kids of all ages will enjoy the contagious sing-along fun that is part of every Nancy Stewart Show!

Light refreshments after the performance are courtesy of the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.


Family Creative Workshop, Saturday, October 12, 2 - 3:30 pm

It’s family time to make Halloween crafts together.
We will have several easy crafts for you and the kids to make.
This program is free and all the craft materials are provided by The Friends of the San Juan Island Library.
Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.