Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Mistaken Identity

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Welcome to week six of Summer Reading. Be sure to track your reading to earn prizes! What is that animal over there? I'm  sure it's an elephant, because it has a very long nose. "Hey! I'm NOT an elephant, I'm an anteater!" I beg your pardon, I saw your long nose and mistook you for an elephant.  Sometimes animals aren't what they seem...join us this week as we experience Mistaken Identity!


Horse Meets Dog Book CoverHorse Meets Dog by Elliott Kalan

When they abruptly come face-to-face, Horse takes Dog for a tiny baby horse, and vice versa, setting the stage for all sorts of droll business as the two offer each other food, gifts, and inappropriate grooming advice. As it turns out, the two do share one common trait they're both pig-headed. As surprise becomes irritation and then anger, they continue to butt heads over whether they're both horses or both dogs...until a feathered stranger flutters into view and delivers the punch line: You are two weird-looking birds.


#PLAY: Mistaken Identity Animal Game

Which one is the jaguar? (Use the information below to decide!)

Below are pairs of animals that are commonly mistaken for one another, as well as three things about each that help us tell them apart. Make cards by drawing or printing out the animal on a piece of paper and write the three facts on the back. Play with a friend and see if they can tell  you the correct animal just by looking at it...but if they can't, you can give them the three hints to help them guess! Scoring system (optional): If the player guesses correctly just by looking at the drawing, they get 4 points. They lose a point for every hint they need to guess correctly.

Sheep & Goats

  • Sheep
    • Tails hang down
    • Graze on grass
    • Shy
  • Goats
    • Tails stick up
    • Eat all kinds of things
    • Bold

Lizards & Salamanders

  • Lizards
    • Reptile
    • Claws on feet
    • Have scales
  • Salamanders
    • Amphibian
    • No claws
    • Smooth skin

Hedgehogs & Porcupines

  • Hedgehogs
    • Not Rodents
    • Ominvores (eat plants & other animals)
    • Live in parts of Europe, Africa, & Asia
  • Porcupines
    • Are Rodents
    • Herbivores (eat only plants)
    • Only live in North & South America

Alligators & Crocodiles

  • Alligator
    • Live in fresh water
    • Have U-shaped jaws
    • Upper teeth cover lower teeth
  • Crocodile
    • Live in salt water
    • Have V-shaped jaws
    • Lower teeth can stick up over upper teeth

Leopards & Jaguars

  • Leopard
    • Have solid spots
    • Smallest of the "big cats," slender
    • Live in Asia & Africa
  • Jaguars
    • Have dots inside their spots
    • Stocky and heavy
    • Live in North & South America (Jacksonville!)

#EXPLORE: Make your own Mistaken Identity Animal!

Felt Art


  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Imagination!

Use your pencil to draw a shape on some construction paper. Cut that same shape out twice. Then, using crayons, make the same shape into two different animals. Check out the examples in the picture below:

  • A frog and an owl
  • A cat and a fish
  • A duck and a rabbit

Use your imagination...there's no limit to what you can create!

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Junior Scientists (9-12): I Am Not a Penguin

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Attention, Junior Scientists! This STEM-based program for ages 9-12 features a book and science activities that encourage deep thinking, inquiry, and fun. In this week’s program, inspired by  the book I Am Not A Penguin by Liz Wong.

Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home to explore a scientific concept. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Cardstock or a white piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Drawing instruments such as colored pencils, markers, or crayons

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 -- 3:30 p.m.

Junior Artists (5-8): The Lion Inside

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Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists (ages 5-8) is a live art program on Zoom. Each week we’ll read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme. 

This week's theme is mistaken identities and we’ll create a work of art inspired by the book The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright.

We’ll use basic art supplies that you probably have at home already, however, every month you can pick up a free art kit from your local library that will have some of the required supplies in it. This week we will need the following:

  • Paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Colored pencils

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 – 3:30 p.m.

Junior Artists (9-12): I am NOT a Chair!

Get ready to get creative! Junior Artists (ages 9-12) is a live art program on Zoom. Each week we read an exciting book and then create artwork based on our theme. 

This week, our theme is mistaken identities. Inspired by the book I Am NOT A Chair by Ross Burach, we’ll explore our artistic sides as we design a very unfunctional chair!

We’ll use basic art supplies that you probably have at home already, however, every month you can pick up a free art kit from your local library that will have some of the required supplies in it. This week we will need the following: 

  • Cardstock
  • Sharpie
  • Coloring instruments like crayons, colored pencils, and markers
  • Pencil and eraser

Thursday, July 8, 2021 – 3:30 p.m.

**Join us this Summer for in-person programs!**

Story Journeys

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Does your child light up when they really connect with a story? Story Journeys brings picture books to life with drama activities and non-fiction connections. Come read Tales of Tails with us this summer as we explore stories of the animal kingdom. Registration is required.

Monday at 10:30 AM- Southeast Regional 

Tuesday at 10:30 AM- Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional

Wednesday at 10:30 AM- Highlands Regional

Thursday at 10:30 AM- Main Library

Friday at 10:30 AM- Pablo Creek Regional

JPL Presents: Watch Party

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Find your closest library to watch the magic unfold on the big screen! JPL Presents turns the stacks into your new favorite performance venue, bringing entertaining and educational performers – including musicians, animal handlers, dancers and more– to showcase their talents for children ages 5 to 12. Registration is required.


For some fun reads on animals who experience mistaken identity, check out these books that explain common similarities and unique differences. Don't forget to keep track of reading 15 minutes a day to earn up to two FREE books by the end of the summer!


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