There were thrills, chills and even a few spills at the East Bend Library last week when Christina Griffin of the Kernersville Reptile Center and Zoo brought in a variety of snakes and reptiles. The reptile presentation was part of the East Bend Library’s summer reading program on June 20, and more than 100 children and adults came for the event.
Griffin showed off several snakes, a lizard and an alligator named Pipsqueak. There were plenty of squeals, some from delight from the children and some from terror from the parents. Hilarity ensued when Pipsqueak had a bit of an accident on the library floor.
During her presentation, Griffin explained to the children about different types of snakes and what to do if ever bitten by one. She also taught them the proper way to help a turtle crossing the road — always place the turtle on the side of the road in the direction it is headed. A baby snapping turtle and a box turtle were among the reptiles Griffin showed the children.
The Griffin’s Reptile Zoo serves as a medical facility for injured reptiles also, she explained. She speculated they are the largest such facility in the country. They take in unwanted reptiles and those injured by vehicles. They also work with local, state and the federal government on seizures of reptiles.
Griffin said she felt it was important for children to learn about different reptiles, especially those they might encounter while playing outside.
Following the presentation, the children had the chance to get up close and personal with some of the reptiles.
Susan Hutchens, branch librarian, said that Yadkin County United Fund and the East Bend Friends of the Library are sponsoring this summer’s reading programs.
Upcoming programs at the East Bend Public Library include Steve Somers, The Amazing Teacher on July 11; Wendal Wandell, “Do You Hear What I Hear” on July 18; and Sharon Clarke, storyteller and musician, on July 25. The programs are featured at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The library also will be showing movies at 2 p.m. with “Ferdinand” on June 28, “The Stray” on July 5, “Paddington 2” on July 12, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” on July 19 and “Despicable Me 3” on July 26.
For information on other area library programs, visit www.nwrl.org. For more information on the Kernersville Reptile Center, visit www.ccsbrepttilerescue.webs.com or www.reptilerangers.tv.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.