Carroll's county libraries: Where the wild things are NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

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June 23, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Would you enjoy a vacation in Africa this summer?

Your children can be the guides. There are furry animals to discover. Treasures to take home.

You'll never be far from home. The tour of the Dark Continent will take place in the Carroll County Public Library's Summer Reading Safari. The program began Friday and ends Aug. 14.

The safari is taking sign-ups at every branch location for literate explorers who collect miniature zoo animals, erasers and templates while trekking the savannah with storybooks. But the adventure of new books is just half the fun.

On safari, you find wild animals.

Today, there's an African jungle at the North Carroll branch at 2255 Hanover Pike in Greenmount. From 11 a.m. to noon, animals and people from the Baltimore Zoo, sponsored by The Sun, will greet young explorers and their parents.

You never know what you'll find on safari. But you might hear the screech of a blue and gold macaw, or discover a boa constrictor six feet long, or touch the fur on a plump chinchilla, or size up the teeth on a baby crocodile.

Not all the animals will grab you. The exhibit might include an ostrich egg, a snakeskin and a skeleton.

For a safe tour, young children should bring an adult. And there are no strollers in this jungle. Registration is not required to see the animals. Just go to the large conference room adjacent to the children's department.

Animals walk all summer at the library -- but on the pages of picture books during weekly story times.

"Zooming to the Zoo" begins story time for children ages 3 to 6 and "Zoo Pals" for those aged 2 1/2 to 3. Summer story times are registered one week at a time. They begin June 29.

Children in second grade and up can "Walk on the Wild Side!" at 10 a.m. July 6 to discover endangered animals and how to save them. Registration is required.

This older age group can return on July 9 from 10 a.m. to noon to create a safari T-shirt. The library provides a design; you bring a light color T-shirt of 50-50 cotton-polyester. Registration is not required.

Information: 374-1212.

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Ah, it's time for the Summer Playground. This will be the fifth summer that Carol Johnson, of the North Carroll Recreation Council, has led local children into creative summer play.

The three-week program rotates among the local elementary schools. It will be held July 12-16 at Manchester Elementary; July 19-23 at Hampstead Elementary; and July 26-30 at Spring Garden Elementary. Each week is limited to 25 children who have finished kindergarten, first, second or third grades (children up to 9 years old).

The playground includes arts, crafts and games. Mrs. Johnson leads the summer fun with the help of three experienced high school students. She has been the preschool teacher at Carroll County Child Development Center for 14 years.

"We have a theme each day," said Mrs. Johnson. "There's a beach party and a Christmas in July day. We might have a game day, in which children bring a game from home and make a new one to take home.

"Each day, we have free time for watercolor and poster paint. We do outside play and have a snack. We offer alternative activities, like a sock ball game. They're always busy doing something," she said.

There will be a visit from the North Carroll Library and possibly a puppet-making session.

There's a big parachute, too. It's like a giant pizza done in red, yellow and blue banner nylon. Kids this age love to work as a group to bounce balls on it, trap air inside and hide underneath.

You can sign up now by calling Mrs. Johnson at 239-2656. Or send a payment of $25 per week for council members, or $27 per week for noncouncil members. Make checks payable to the North Carroll Recreation Council and send them to Carol Johnson, 4760 Hay Drive, Manchester, Md. 21102.

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