Laura Newman likes introducing kids to animals.
"Our favorite thing about the summer library programs is that we are able to reach a larger variety of school age kids and provide a fun activity and try and highlight the importance of zoos and conservation. One of our biggest goals is to foster in kids a love for animals," said Laura Newman, a Maryland Zoo's outreach instructor.
The Maryland Zoo mobile unit came to visit the Elkton Library last week. The program started out with the children learning about each animal that was presented. They then participated in activities such as standing on one foot like a flamingo to test their endurance. Then the children got to meet the animals.
Many of the children were interested in seeing and learning about the animals that were presented at the library.
According to Kristin VanBuskirk, the Maryland Zoo's outreach coordinator, the main goal of the program was to teach kids about the diversity of animals and to foster in them a love for animals.
Those animals were, Emperor Scorpions, an Iranian Eyelid Gecko, a laughing Kookaburra, and a Chinese Alligator.
"These are some animals that they don't know too much about and they were all pretty much different. They got to learn about animals that they probably didn't even know were around," said Perryville parent, Lindsey Council.
"I think they got to see animals that they didn't get to see out in everyday life. I think they (also) got a good idea that all animals are not the same but that they have different characteristics or adaptations that they use to survive," said Cassandra Sohyda, a Maryland Zoo outreach instructor.
There were 28 children who attended the amazing adaptations presentation by the Maryland Zoo.
"During the summer, we want to keep kids engaged and there are many different ways to do that in addition to reading. By seeing live animals they are seeing different animals they may not see and learning about different parts of the world. Its also an opportunity for kids to see what careers they may want to do," said Frazier Walker, the library's Community Relations Specialist.