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Photo Gallery: Friendly critters draw big crowd to library
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Priscilla, a 27-year-old Capuchin monkey, inspects the North Georgia Zoo flyers to make sure they smell good enough to hand out at the library June 27. - photo by Jessica Taylor

As the summer reading program at Dawson County Library continues, its momentum continues rising as more and more kids participate in weekly programs on Wednesdays.

The Wildlife Wonders show June 27 was no exception, bringing in the largest crowd this summer.

Nearly 160 kids gathered together, excited to meet the special animal guests that Tom Bennett brought with him from the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland.

The zoo is home to 400 exotic animals and while the zoo is open to the public, Bennett said they specialize in bringing animals out into the community at libraries, churches, festivals and parties.

Bennett brought some very special friends with him from all over the world for kids to enjoy: Arlo the South American Three Banded Armadillo, Aquilla the African Pygmy Hedgehog, Solomon the Monkey Tail Lizard, Allie the American Alligator, Fluffy the Madagascar Tree Boa, Jeremiah the African Bullfrog, Esther the Chinchilla and Priscilla the Capuchin monkey.

At the conclusion of the Wildlife Wonders show, Bennett and his animal friends were met with wild applause.

“The library has something for everyone,” said Dawson County Library Director Leslie Clark. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s a community gathering space.”

Through activities like the summer reading program, the library has something to offer everyone. It’s not just about the books. It’s about bringing the community together.

The next summer reading program will be musician Jennifer Daniels at 11 a.m. July 11 and Literary Cupcake Wars for the older kids and teens at 4 p.m. July 11.