Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch to host truck zoo
When children visit a petting zoo, they get a hands-on experience with rabbits, goats, pigs and deer.
But when children visit the Summit County Library Kimball Junction’s truck petting zoo on Saturday, July 7, they’ll get to sit inside and touch a real fire engine, a backhoe and an ambulance, said Kirsten Nilsson, youth services librarian at the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch.
"We’ll also have a dump truck and a K-9 unit and our Bookmobile," Nilsson said during an interview. "So, if anyone has their library card and wants to check out a book, they can."
The truck petting zoo, which will be held at the north end of the Park City Home Depot parking lot, 1595 E. Frontage Rd., from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free.
The idea came after the Kimball Junction Branch’s director Dan Compton attended a national librarians convention.
"He heard of a truck petting zoo from another librarian and thought it would be a great idea to do one here," Nilsson said. "While it isn’t an event held in the library, it has to do with kids’ imagination and how much kids love big trucks."
The staff decided to hold the zoo in the library parking lot and began making a list.
"We tried to think about all the fun trucks we could get together, and had to think about what we would want to see if we were kids," Nilsson said with a laugh. "I know my boys thought dump trucks were the most amazing thing, and that line of thought went into the decision of what vehicles we should display."
Then the staff realized there would be a parking problems.
"We came up with the idea of holding it in the Home Depot parking lot and I called them and they were really excited about it."
As fate would have it, Home Depot holds monthly building workshops for kids and the item for July was going to be a mini moving truck.
"It coordinated well," Nilsson said. "When the kids come to the zoo, they can also participate in constructing the truck.
Once the library chose what trucks it wanted to display, it contacted Summit County.
"Because the library and Home Depot work closely with Summit County we were able to acquire the vehicles we wanted," Nilsson said.
At 10 a.m., the staff will hold a storytime hosted by the Bookmobile.
"We’ll read stories about trucks, of course, but we’ll also read stories about rescue vehicles as well," she said.
The truck petting zoo is part of the Summit County’s summer reading program, and since libraries are always trying to make a connection between reading and the community, Nilsson asked the Public Health Department to stop by.
"They are coming over to give their ‘Zero Fatalities’ seatbelt information course," Nilsson said. "I think it will be a fun, free event, and I encourage everyone to come and be sure to wear sunscreen, because it will be outside."
The Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch’s truck petting zoo will be held at the Park City Home Depot parking lot, 1595 E Frontage Rd., on Saturday, July 7, from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.thesummitcountylibrary.org.
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