By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Library had a grizzly bear at its location last Wednesday (July 7).
Fortunately, the only thing this bear wanted was to give hugs and high fives, while telling folks about wild fires.
Smokey Bear, along with friends Christopher Graham and Jonathan Rainwater, came for storytime.
The event was one of several that Librarian Cynthia Olivares is conducting this year. This was a project that stemmed from last year.
“Last year, Chris Graham with the Texas A&M Forest Service, located in Wolfforth, dropped in and left his card and informed me of their program. At the time, due to Covid, we did not host any in-person programming, so I put his card in a safe place and reached out to him this year for a visit,” she said, adding the program taught children the improtance of preventing wildfires.
Olivares added this summer they’ve seen a slight increase in attendance. “We’ve had families come in and visit our kid’s area, which thanks to Sukie, owner of The Pieceful Quilter has some very comfy cushions for the kids to sit on and enjoy a bit of reading. We’ve also had our regulars come in and utilize the computers, check out books or sit and read the newspaper,” she said.
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