Hey kids! This summer you can get up close and personal with creatures like the barred tiger salamander (the state amphibian of Kansas) and the sugar glider (a tiny Australian marsupial related to the opossum).
In June and July curators and docents from the Kansas City Zoo are visiting branches of the Kansas City Public Library to make free presentations.
Children will learn about exotic animals from experts and get a chance to hold an ostrich egg and rub their fingers over the pelts of several animals.
Here's the list of upcoming Zoo to You events at the Library:
10:00 a.m. at the Southeast Branch 
10:00 a.m. at the Westport Branch 
11:00 a.m. at the Trails West Branch 
2:00 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Branch 
6:00 p.m. at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch 
10:00 a.m. at Central Library 
About the Author
Robert W. Butler  is a lifelong Kansas City area resident, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. For several decades he was the movie editor of the Kansas City Star; he now writes a movie-themed blog at butlerscinemascene.com . He joined the Library's Public Affairs team in 2012.