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Brookfield library to host zoo history talk

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:09 p.m. CDT
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Opening day at the Brookfield Zoo in 1934. Two local historians will talk about their book on the zoo's history at the Brookfield Public Library Thursday.

BROOKFIELD – 20 years after the Brookfield Public Library first opened its doors, another Brookfield cultural institution first opened to the public. The year was 1934, when the Brookfield Zoo first allowed visitors to marvel at the wonders of the animal kingdom through its barless exhibits.

In honor of the library's continuing centennial celebration this year, the library will host, Brookfield Zoo: A History, on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The zoo first opened its gates on July 1, 1934, beginning a legacy that has allowed millions of visitors to enjoy it's collection of endangered animals and the diversity of wildlife on the planet.

Brookfield Zoo librarian and archivist Carla Owens and Doug Deuchler, a local historian, will discuss the zoo's fascinating history. Copies of their book, "Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society" will be available for purchase as well at the event. The authors will also be available to sign copies.

The event is free and open to all ages, but advanced registration is requested. For more information and to register, contact the library at 708-485-6917, or visit

The program is presented as part of the On the Same Page: Reading Communities and Nature community reading program. On the Same Page is a partnership between the Brookfield Zoo and the Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside libraries. More information about the program and upcoming events can be found at

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