SPARTA, NJ – Families enjoyed the day off of school at the Sparta Library.  Approximately 55 children and their parents enjoyed activities organized by children’s librarian Meaghan Darling outside on the lawn on Monday.

Children played games, had faces painted by Cheryl Currier of Currier’s Magical Mania by  and decorated pumpkins donated in part by Tranquility Farms.  

Oliver was a hit with the youngsters.  They also enjoyed cider and donuts, many accepting the challenge to eat the donut without using their hands.

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They also had the opportunity to visit with animals; wild and familiar.  Kim from Eyes of the Wild in Hunterdon County introduced the children to Oliver the skunk, Crush the red tailed boa constrictor, Romeo the dove, Milkshake the bunny, Rosie the Rosehaired tarantula and Sugar the sugar glider.

Most of children said the animals were their favorite part of the morning with Oliver and Crush earning the most fans.

Teen library volunteers Chase and Inaaya were helping children decorate pumpkins.  Darling mentioned teens are always welcome to join their volunteer program.