Summer Reading ended with a slither, hiss and a snap.

Kutztown Community Library and Brandywine Community Library held a joint grand finale program on Aug. 15, in the Kutztown Park Bandshell. Jesse Rothacker from Forgotten Friend brought his reptiles and his educational show was 'Crawling with fun!'

Showcased were all four families of reptiles: snakes, lizard, crocodilians, and turtles and each family taught us something special. Iguanas munch on grapes as a snack. The turtle ate enough grass in its pen that Forgotten Friends didn't have to mow it all summer long. A colorful corn snake may look wet but the shine comes from its scales. Children learned that if you see a snake in the wild, be safe and remember to 'Step back, Jack.' A gecko took the day off from selling insurance to wiggle his tail at the children.

The Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary is located in Lancaster County. Rothacker got his first reptile when he was a teen and learned that there were no local animal shelters that accept reptiles. In 2004, he opened his agency that rescues unwanted pet reptiles. Many have grown too big for their owners including a 10-footlong and 75-pound python that Rothacker wrapped around his shoulders to the delight of the audience.

This event was sponsored by the Friends of the Kutztown Community Library. More than 140 children and 72 adults attended.

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