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Family Literacy Awareness Month at the Zoo

November 04, 2023-November 25, 2023

November is Family Literacy Awareness Month, and The South Baldwin Literacy Council is going to the Zoo!

National Family Literacy Month is an opportunity for families to learn and read together. It also celebrates the work literacy programs do to empower families. 

Each Saturday in November and Tuesday, Nov 21 at 9:30 am, the SBLC will partner with the AGCZ for reading time at the zoo. 

Each reading time will begin with a book about an animal in the Zoo and will be followed by a zookeeper chat about an animal featured in the book. An adult must accompany each child at all times. Reading time, including zookeeper chat, will be about forty-five minutes to one hour. 

The Saturday, Nov 4, 11, and 25 reading times will occur in a designated area in the zoo and be included with paid general zoo admission. Saturday, Nov 18, and Tuesday, Nov 21 will occur outside of the zoo in our classroom located in our Gift Shop and will be free to all participants. Access to the zoo will require paid zoo admission or zoo membership.

Saturday, November 4 at 9:30 am (included with Zoo admission)
Reading with the Giraffes, Lemurs
1.  Susan Bartholomew  Reading – A Giraffe and a Half
2.  Patsy Shreve            Reading – Who Loves Little Lemur
Saturday, November 11 at 9:30 am (included with zoo admission)
Reading with the Camels and Lions
1. Sarah Ann Wells           Reading - Enamel the Camel
2.  Emily Freeman             Reading – The Little Lion That Listened
Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 am (Free) (Zoo admission NOT included)
Reading with the Armadillos and Opossums
1.  Pat Beck                   Reading - An Armadillo on My Pillow
2. Taylor Johns              Reading – Opossum Opposites
Tuesday, November 21 at 9:30 am (Free) (Zoo admission NOT included)
Reading with the Tortoise and Hare and Alligators
1.  Annette King Hummel           Reading – Tortoise and the Hare
2.  Mary Ard                                Reading – Alligators Don’t Like Flowers
Saturday, November 25 at 9:30 am (included with zoo admission)
Reading with the Wolves and the Capybaras
1.  Ashley Nowling      Reading – Journey -The Most Famous Wolf in the West
2. John Dempsey         Reading – The Capybaras


Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

20499 Oak Road E
Gulf Shores, AL 36542