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West Harrison Library Has Animal Encounter

HARRISON, N.Y. - Putnam-based wildlife education specialist Bruce Lowder strolled into the West Harrison library with cases and cases Friday as a crowd of children gathered. But what he was bringing in wasn't of the paper-bound variety.

Animal Encounters is the name of Lowder's travelling educational display of exotic animals, including lizards, snakes, and turtles. Lowder shared his animals and their stories to a crowd of nearly 50 parents and children at the West Harrison library and had kids asking questions, laughing and interacting.

Liz Karkoff of the West Harrison Library helped organize the event for the children and said it was a hectic but exciting attraction to bring to the library. She has become known for making the library's children's section a popular hotspot .

Animal Encounters provides educational programs for a variety of audiences including schools, camps, libraries, scouts and nursing homes. Its specialty is smaller group, hands-on presentations and younger children especially benefit from the close interaction with its tame animals, according to its website .

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