Get Scared With Scaredy Squirrel

Area children are used to coming to Ocean County Library to hear their favorite stories read to them by library staff, but this fall they will have the chance to see the stories of Scaredy Squirrel come to life.

Scaredy Squirrel is the title character of a series of children’s books by Canadian author Melanie Watt. In these stories, Scaredy is anxious about everything and always plans for the worst, but winds up learning that things are never as bad as he imagines.

Ocean County Library’s Puppet Players is a group of library workers doubling as puppeteers. The group has shared information about this successful program at conferences sponsored by the American Library Association and New Jersey Library Association.

The following branches will host Scaredy Squirrel puppet shows:

Little Egg Harbor branch (290 Mathistown Rd.) — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.

Upper Shores branch (112 Jersey City Ae., Lavallette) — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1:00 pm

Barnegat branch (112 Burr St.) — Monday, Oct. 8, 10:30 am

Tuckerton branch (380 Bay Ave.) — Monday, Oct. 8, 2 pm

Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) — Friday, Oct. 12, 10:30 am

Lakewood branch (301 Lexington Ave.) — Friday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Stafford branch (129 N. Main St., Manahawkin) — Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2:00 pm

Berkeley branch (30 Station Rd.) — Thursday, Oct. 18, 10:00 am.

Manchester branch (21 Colonial Dr.) — Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30pm

Island Heights branch (121 Central Ave.) — Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10:30 AM

The series of Scaredy Squirrel books is extremely popular worldwide, having won several international literature awards.

Scaredy Squirrel has been adapted for television as a cartoon shown in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and the United States. Locally it is broadcast on Cartoon Network.

These programs are free and open to the public. To register, visit the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

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