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Wildlife Encounter visits Grand Island Library

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Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 9:53 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Hundreds of kids from the area got to see non-native animals at the Grand Island Library on Monday. Families got to chance to learn about a wide range of species and their habitation.

“It’s a great program for the community because kids love animals and they get so excited about seeing them especially the snakes and anything that’s different from the norm,” said Library Director, Celine Swan.

Wildlife Encounter is one of the many programs the library has to offer. The event gives kids and parents the opportunity to have fun and get educated.

“That’s kind of Wildlife Encounter’s main goal. It’s to be able to go to our public and educate them on these animals that we don’t get to see. They’re not our native animals. They’re not right here in Nebraska. It’s a chance to see these animals from all over the world, some we don’t even know,” said Jillian Lenz, Wildlife Encounter, Wildlife Educator.

Kids got to see exotic rain forest animals like the kinkajou and the red-tailed boa constrictor. They also saw animals native to the United States, such as the armadillo and the alligator. Interest at the event was high as every kid wanted to pet the animals and take pictures.

“The kids’ reaction mean the world to us,” said Lenz. “We love seeing how interested and excited they get at seeing theses really cool animals. These animals that they never get a chance to see.”

“I love to see their enthusiasm when they come in because they know they’re going to see a special program,” said Swan. “These programs that the library foundation sponsor usually cost a little bit of money, but what we get back in return for the kids getting excited about books is a great investment for us.”

Swan said the library’s theme this summer is ‘an ocean of possibilities,’ and that the kids are certainly swimming in excitement from what’s possible at their library.

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