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Eastchester Library: Where the Wild Things Were

EASTCHESTER N.Y. -- Lizards, roosters and snakes were at the Eastchester Library Monday night, and they were not just featured in pictures in story books.

Environmentalist Deborah Mumford and her daughter Wendy entertained approximately 50 kindergartners through fifth graders with real live turtles, salamanders and a 7 foot long, 25 pound snake named Tarzan.

The kids got to hear about where the animals live, what they like to eat and even got a chance to pet them.

Even Hissy and Missy, hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, got affectionate pats from the youngsters.

Childrens librarian Mary Feldhaus, affectionately known as Miss Mary to everyone, pointed out that she has been a librarian for 29 years, close to the age of Sherlock, an Eastern box turtle who is 29 years old.

The event is part of the One World, Many Stories 2011 Summer Reading program at the Eastchester Library, which began during the last week in June and will end in mid-August.

The program includes a summer reading game for children from kindergarten to fifth grade who can read to themselves, and a Read to Me game for children ages 2 and up who do not read yet. There is also a Read Around the World in 80 days program for sixth through twelfth graders.

There will also be events, crafts and performances, such as a puppet show performance of "The Frog Prince" on July 25 for kindergarten through fifth grader and a craft event for sixth graders and up who can make a paper mache bracelets using local Eastchester maps.

All of the events are free, but space is limited so pre-registration is recommended.

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