DUBBO children were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when Tatiana the possum made a surprise visit at the Macquarie Regional Library on Tuesday.
The children attentively listened to Taronga Western Plains Zoo zookeeper Charlotte Hulme as she explained the life of a possum.
As Tatiana was eating a blossom, the children yelled out their favourite foods before they tried to get first in line to pet her.
Dubbo branch manager Jocelyn Morris said the zoo visited with a range of animals once each term.
She said story time focused on early literacy and provided children with a good exposure to books.
"Story time encourages reading and it transports the imagination," she said.
In the next four weeks the library and Allira Preschool would hold a workshop to ease the transition for children from preschool to primary school.
The Dubbo branch has story time twice a week at 11am for an hour on Tuesday and Wednesday.