Hastings library hosts mini zoo chat

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Kids in Hastings got to experience their own personal zoo chat Monday at the City Auditorium.

Kids got to pet a turtle from the Henry Doorly Zoo Monday during an event hosted by the Hastings Public Library. (Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

The Hastings Public Library brought in people from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha for an educational zoo program.

Dozens of kids packed the room as they learned about all kinds of different animals, including a snake and turtle.

"It's such a great education opportunity," said Kristy Hruska, a librarian at the Hastings Public Library. "There were a lot of great facts, and it's really important for kids to have that kind of opportunity instead of just being able to read about them, which is also really important, but also being able to experience it as well."

In addition to the snake and turtle, people from the zoo brought a tarantula and pelts of mammals. At the end of the presentation, the kids got to touch the animals and pelts.

It seemed like that was the crowd's favorite part.

"The turtle, we caught snapping turtles yesterday, so I felt like just touching that turtle," said Calista Harris.

"Well I wanted to touch the snake, because I thought it would be smooth," added Caitlyn Harris.

The library's next big event will be on Tuesday, July 16. They're pairing up with the Hastings Museum for a stargazing class. It'll be at 10 a.m. at the library.