Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 30, 2013

Silly Safari kicks off Summer Reading Program

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The lawn of the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library was a veritable zoo Wednesday evening as the library kicked off its Summer Reading Program in appropriately silly fashion.

“Coyote Chris” brought along several exotic friends for his Silly Safari presentation, most of whom appeared more than happy to mug for the many children who had come to see them.

A legless lizard, a fleet-footed Fennec fox, and a wily pair of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches were just some of the critters Coyote Chris brought along for the show, which drew a huge crowd of children and their families. Some lucky kids also had the opportunity to be a part of the action, interacting with the likes of Bert the boa constrictor and Hoosier the owl.

Throughout the event, Coyote Chris related each animal’s habits to popular children’s literature, linking the animal-centric show with the bevy of books available to young readers as part of this summer’s program.

After the Safari had ended, kids and parents alike had the opportunity to peruse the contents of the brand new bookmobile before officially signing themselves up for the reading program.

Called “Dig Into Reading,” the program invites kids and adults throughout the community to put down their tablets, video games and mobile devices this summer in lieu of burying themselves in a good book.

Coyote Chris’ animal friends were also more than happy to help accentuate that point.

Larry the legless lizard was revealed as the Safari’s “mystery animal” late in the program. Prior to his grand unveiling, kids in the crowd tried to guess the identity of the creature based on Coyote Chris’ clues, all in a manner similar to The Top Secret Files of Mother Goose.

The slimy Mr. Toad’s appearance took a page from Wind in the Willows, while Rocket the Fennec fox might have found himself at home at the center of a Seussian rhyme.

The free event also let kids snack on popcorn and juice as they took in the silly show.

Legions of youth signed up for the reading program following the Safari which promises the chance to win a variety of prizes as well.

A snow cone maker, King’s Island tickets, Dr. Dre-licensed headphones and an Xbox 360 are only a smattering of the items voracious readers may claim simply by cozying up with some great literature this summer. Weekly prizes may also be won until the close of the program July 13. For more information, check out the library’s website at

More photos of this event will be available at

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056