Week 3 of the Summer Reading Program at The Blanco Library saw the biggest crowd yet. Last Friday, June 20, close to 100 children came to the library. There were kids of all ages, from tiny babies, all the way up to high school kids! They were there to hear snake and reptile expert, Jeff Holmes, give a presentation about snakes and lizards. Jeff talked to the kids about the importance of reading about the snakes that are found in our particular area, and brought books from his own collection to show the kids. He brought 6 different specimens for the kids to observe which included a Blue Tongued Skink, a Speckled Kingsnake, a Plains Ratsnake, a Cornsnake, a Trans-Pecos Ratsnake, and a Carpet Python. The kids heard Jeff read the story, "How the Rattlesnake got it's Rattle" and watched while he unveiled each of his reptile friends one by one as he told the children about each critter, their history, behaviors and their typical habitat. They also got a chance to touch the snakes which was very exciting to everyone! Afterward, the kids enjoyed making a hanging spiral paper snake to take home. Children continue to do great with their summer reading and are keeping track of books they have read in their reading logs. Parents and kids alike brought their Ringling Bros. circus ticket in to be stamped. Each child between the ages of 2-12 who read (or are read to) 5 books earn a FREE RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS TICKET! Come by the library to register if you have not done so already. Thanks to all of the NJHS and NHS volunteers who generously and cheerfully donated their time to help out! Contact Children's Librarian Christine Bailey for more information. 833-4280. See you at the library!