Gladstone Public Library recently had its kick-off Story Hour to celebrate summer reading. A total of 127 children and 65 adults attended the event. Stories were shared by volunteers, music was provided by Julie Aschbacher, a summer craft, snack and book check-out completed the one-hour program. The children enjoyed a special visit from a Sand Monitor Reptile named "Slick." Above, Dana Johnson, reptile handler and owner tries to get Slick to kiss Braidan Miron on the nose. Braidan's older brother, Deegan is shown on the left.
Frank Carlson was taught how to handle Slick and has made a new friend.
John Bichler proudly displays his sailboat craft. The summer reading program will end Aug. 6, with a closing party. For more information about this program, call the library at 428-4224.