STOW — Spike the turtle is celebrating a major milestone this month.
A Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library children's librarian purchased the turtle 35 years ago and the beloved reptile, which serves as the library mascot, has been living in the children's department ever since. The children's area has been designed like a pond with dragonfly lights, lily pads for seating and a starry sky.
The library is hosting a celebration June 27 to mark the occasion.
The party, which coincides with the library's annual Pride in Your Library Day, will include cookies, crafts, balloon twisting, and special story time events from 2 to 4 p.m.; and free Handel’s ice cream from 4 to 8 p.m.
Marissa Dubina from Realm of the Reptile will bring a large tortoise, lizard and snakes. Free tickets for the reptile event will be available beginning June 22 at the library.
“I remember bee-lining it to Spike’s tank as a little girl," patron Justine Urban said in a prepared statement. "I always got so excited to see if she’d be on her rock or swimming. There have been a lot of changes to the library since then, but I love that Spike is still here. It brings me back.”