CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Free Library Centreville Branch hosted the Maryland Zoo and three of its animal friends Wednesday, Feb. 12, to teach about wildlife diversity and conservation.

The packed room of 90 parents and children got to see a tortoise, Australian cuckoo bird and lion head rabbit up close. The ZOOmobile initiative offers programs for school, adults, families and community outreach.

“This is second or third time we’ve brought in the ZOOmobile for the little kids and they really love it,” said Jenny Gallagher, youth services librarian at the Centreville Branch. “Luckily, this program is very easy to schedule. We have a budget for the school year to spend on events like this and, over the summer, our Friends of the Library fund all our programs.”

Gallagher said the goal is to allow children to be exposed to exotic animals and have a connection with some of the larger zoos that are not geographically close to Eastern Shore locations. For many families, getting out to those locations is not always easy, so scheduling ZOOmobile is as much for parents as their children.

The Centreville stop was part of the Little Animals Adventure Programs suited for children 2 to 5 years old.

“We want to make sure that all the different age groups get special programs and its very much preparation work. An event like this takes about three months to get together. So it’s great to see such a large turnout like this,” Gallagher said.

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