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'Fascinating Frogs' Visit Rye Free Reading Room

RYE, N.Y. -- Chris Evers and his "fascinating frogs" from Animal Embassy in Stamford , Conn. visited the Rye Free Reading Room on Tuesday as part of the library's school break special programming.

The hour-long program offered over 30 children an up close look at some of nature's most diverse and interesting amphibians.

Evers is a lifelong animal enthusiast with training across a variety of different animal groups. Adopting his first animal at age 17, Evers opened his exotic pet shelter Animal Embassy in 2002. Ten years later Evers and his staff currently house over 175 animals including anacondas and alligators.

According to Evers, the main goal of the embassy's community outreach program is to educate children on the responsibilities and dynamics of the animal-human relationship.

"It's about connection, appreciation, life and diversity," Evers said. "We want the kids to understand the responsibility of pet ownership of any kind."

The Rye Free Reading Room's Manager of Children's Services Donna Harvey said that she was blown away by Evers and Animal Embassy when she saw his presentation at the Westchester Library Association's programming showcase.

"This was one we absolutely loved," Harvey said. "I like his personality, and the way he interacts with the kids, and I love that he rescues animals."

"Fascinating Frogs" is just one of the many special programs Harvey lined up for this week while children are on school break. On Monday the library hosted a special viewing of "Kung Fu Panda 2," and Wednesday and Thursday feature two events geared towards teens. The week ends with a special meeting of the "Fun Club" as the library will hold a special screening of the movie "Hop."

"I always schedule things all week long when the kids are out of school," Harvey said. "I want them to be fun, but I want the kids to learn as well."

Rye mother and Rye Free Reading Room supporter Christine Karras said that she had never heard of Animal Embassy before, but definitely plans on visiting after Tuesday's program.

"It was excellent," Karras said. "I like how it was interactive and very educational."

According to both Evers and Harvey, Animal Embassy will return to the Rye Free Reading Room in July to present their nocturnal exhibit.

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