Children stepped into a wild jungle at the on Tuesday, when Dave Marchetti from Animal Experiences showed the children exotic turtles, snakes and lizards from all over the globe as part of the library’s summer reading program.
The children squealed in delight as Marchetti pulled out a 12-year-old African turtle named Sherman. Marchetti said Sherman is one of the slowest turtles and he is unable to swim.
Children who wish to enter the Middletown Public Library's reading program are encouraged to set goals and find a parent or sibling to serve as a reading coach, say Middletown librarians.
Participants in the program can visit the children’s room desk and show their reading logs in order to enter the weekly raffle for a chance of a prize.
More reading program events at the Middletown Public Library this summer include:
- August 9 at 11 a.m.: Ronald McDonald, “Ronald McDonald’s Reading Adventure Show!”
- August 17 at 11 a.m.: Summer Reading Finale Party. The Great Baldini will perform magic tricks from around the globe. Children who have met their reading goals will receive a reading certificate and a prize bag!