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      Workshop gets kids up close and personal with creepy crawlies

      Cockroaches, tarantulas and snakes... oh my!

      All those creepy crawlies were on display Tuesday as part of the Ottumwa Public Library's "Dig into Summer" reading program. The program hosts several events throughout the summer for kids of all ages to attend and Tuesday's presentation was given by Jason Dornbush, Science Outreach Coordinator with the Grout Museum in Waterloo.

      Dornbush showed off Madagascar cockroaches, earthworms and spiders, as well as talked about where the animals come from, what they eat and where to find them.

      The snakes are a class favorite with animal demonstrations, and almost every child was brave enough to come and meet them up close and personal.

      "I've definitely found that kids are fearless," Dornbush said. "As we grow up and become adults, we're a little more reserved, not so willing to touch snakes, but the kids love it."

      If you missed the creepy crawlie presentation in Ottumwa, the Grout Museum offers demonstrations three times a day for kids. For more information, visit their website.