It’s Dinovember at Zionsville’s public library

These dinosaurs will be hiding around the children’s section of the library throughout the month. (Photo by Heather Lusk)

These dinosaurs will be hiding around the children’s section of the library throughout the month. (Photo by Heather Lusk)

By Heather Lusk

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library will be invaded by prehistoric creatures in November centering around the children’s book, “The Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan.”

“The library is really excited to celebrate a local author,” said Youth Librarian Julie Myers, who organized the month of events. “Everybody loves dinosaurs.”

“The Edge of Extinction” series takes place in a world where dinosaurs have taken over Earth. During the Dangerous Dino Dinner Nov. 14, Zionsville author Laura Martin will explain how she researched her book.

“The thing about dinosaur research is it’s changing constantly,” said Martin, noting that new discoveries are made every day. “I had to make sure all my research was as up-to-date as possible.”

The book, the first in a two-part series, will be available for purchase with some copies being given away in a random drawing to those who have registered for the dinner. That evening Martin will share clues about her second book, which takes place around Lake Michigan and contains “prehistoric marine reptiles” that weren’t technically dinosaurs but were their aquatic equivalent.

“I love the book, because it’s action-packed and high-interest,” said Myers, adding the story is  not overly frightening or gory for younger readers. “It’s good, clean action.”

The program, for children in grades 3 to 7, includes a pizza dinner. Reservations are required and can be made on the library website at

Also during Dinovember, to earn prizes children can search for dinosaurs that will move throughout the library. Dino decorations have been created by local Girl Scout troops, and Nov. 10 children from kindergarten through second grade can make a volcano during the Prehistoric Discovery Day from 4:30 to 5 p.m.


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