Happy Birthday, Stripes!

Former library pet Stripes made an appearance at the Jose Cisneros Branch Library on Saturday, June 11th for his yearly birthday celebration.

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All who attended were treated to a wonderful presentation on snakes and reptiles by Cindy, JCCV Branch Manager. Children learned the difference between Stripes and a venomous coral snake (“Red next to yellow can kill a fellow; red next to black is a friend to Jack”). They also learned never to approach snakes in the wild. They won’t be as friendly as Stripes, since they aren’t used to being handled by humans.

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Cindy explained to the audience how Stripes sheds his skin. There was a chart with his skins stretched out to show the kids how much he’s grown over the years. The black line in the middle represents how big Stripes was when he first came to the library.

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The children seemed to enjoy learning about Stripes.

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After the presentation, there were three crafts for kids to do: snake masks, spiral snakes, and snake finger puppets. Refreshments were also served to celebrate Stripes.

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Everyone had a wonderful time at Stripes’s party learning about snakes.

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