The Daleville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program continued to show how reading, fun and learning go hand-in-hand with the help of a ventriloquist comedian and amazing animals.

On Tuesday, June 11, comedian and ventriloquist Gene Cordova brought his puppet friends from outer space, Baby Orbit and Cosmo, to help encourage children to continue reading during the summer.

He performed a variety of tricks and feats, with one trick based on a children’s book “Aliens Love Underpants.”

Children took part in his acts and interacted with Cordova’s friends, all while learning the importance of reading and what reading can do for all people.

On Wednesday, June 18, Animal Tales visited the library, connecting the stars to creatures on Earth.

Visitors were introduced to various constellations in the sky and animals that inspired the names. Some of the creatures introduced to the crowd were Antares the Asian Forest Scorpion, Aria the Coatimundi, Apollo the Colorado River Toad, Mars the Green Cheek Conure, Bugs the Flemish rabbit and Venus the Dumeril’s boa.

John Ham, owner of Animal Tales and co-director, provided visitors with information about each animal and encouraged children to visit the library to learn about their local wildlife.

Several other events are planned for the summer. For more information on the library’s summer programs, call the library at (334) 503- 9119 or visit the library at 308 Donnell Boulevard.

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