It was a fun Thursday afternoon at the Stephenville Public Library when Fossil Rim Wildlife Center hosted its Creepy, Crawly, Critter program teaching kids about appreciating all types of animals.

“This is important because even though some people think they’re scary, they’re actually important to the environment,” said Fossil Rim programs coordinator Cassidy McDonald. “It’s especially good for young kids because we can really get it started before they’re influenced by people who don’t like these animals.”

The program allowed kids to get an up-close look, and even touch, insects, a tarantula and snake. They also learned details about each animal.

“This is a new program we’ve been looking forward to and I think it’s important for the kids because they learn that many insects are valuable and play an important role in our ecosystem,” said library director Mary Meredith.

This event was part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. For more information about upcoming events, call 254-918-1240.