MILLBURY, Mass. - The Millbury Public Library presented "The Creature Teachers" on Tuesday afternoon. Based out of Littleton, the Creature Teachers educate, entertain and have a way of keeping children riveted to the lesson.
Library Director Elizabeth Valero introduced the head Creature Teacher Rick Roth who gave a presentation on "Creatures of the Night." He kept the kids involved, asking and answering questions. He relayed some of his experiences in Central America and the rainforests of Costa Rica. Roth is no novice in the game; his father was the director of eduction and chief naturalist for the Mass. Audubon Society.
Roth is educated as an aquaculturist and has served as the director of several zoos. His program reaches out to children in a way that is both educational and fun.
Roth brought with him many creatures that are active in the night or twilight. A skunk, tarantula, scorpion, African bullfrog, red-eyed tree frog, flying squirrel, chinchilla and a grey fox kept the kids enthralled. Other than the fox (notoriously shy around people and dislike bright light), he walked the animals around so the children could get an up close and personal experience, all the while, continuing to teach with facts and asking questions which kept the tempo lively.
Keep your eyes peeled for the calendar at the library. Don't miss the next event when the Creature Teachers return.