Kurth Memorial Library to host ‘dinosaur dig’ for kids

Kurth Memorial Library to host ‘dinosaur dig’ for kids

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Kids at Lufkin’s Kurth Memorial Library will be able to explore a simulated archaeological dig to find fake dinosaur bones tomorrow.

“Dinosaur dig, from my experience in the past it’s like you’re stepping into a new world,” said Samuel Kyne, a volunteer.

Kyne’s mom brought him to the library to be an archaeologist for the day.

He’s helping staff transform the building into a temporary dig site.

“You get to dig a lot of stuff that other people don’t have a chance to. A lot kids these days want to be archaeologist, but they never have the chance or the experience or any of that stuff to begin with,” Kyne said.

Dozens of replica T-Rex bones and other fossils are buried in the huge pile of sand.

“Six cubic yards of sand is what we’ve brought into this room,” said Lorraine Simoneau, the director of the library.

That’s almost a half truck full according to Simoneau.

“What it does is it gives the kids the opportunity to come in and actually experience what it would be like to do an archaeological dig,” Simoneau said.

The library will pair kids with archaeological tools to help them in their digging and their future.

“They don’t have the opportunity to do some of this hands-on stuff. You know the school have a lot of curriculum to cover, and they can’t take them and have them do a T-Rex dig at school. So we like to try to help out with that,” Simoneau said.

The library hosted the dig site in 2011 and 2014, and it will do it again this year.

Sand was brought into the library to create a dig site.

The dig is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28 with free admission.

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