YOUNGSTERS in Wirral went wild when they saw creepy-crawlies and furry friends in the most unusual setting.
A library was turned in to a mini-zoo for the day, as children gathered to learn all about insects, reptiles, birds and rodents.
Bebington Central Children’s Library hosted local group Animals Take Over for the workshop.
Lyndsay Hunter kept over 40 children entertained with a selection of creepy-crawly and night-time creatures to link in with Wirral Libraries’ Creepy House theme, as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
Children learned lots of fascinating animal facts and were able to handle a giant millipede, a Madagascan cockroach, a tree frog, a bearded dragon, a royal python, a tarantula, an African pygmy hedgehog and a Barn Owl.
Cllr Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge theme, Creepy House, is all about getting kids interested with scary stories. But really most of these animals were just really cute – all except for the tarantula, anyway!
“Running events like this within the surrounds of our children’s libraries is another way to get children interested in reading, and in studying the habits of some of the more exotic animals.”
The Summer Reading Challenge aims at getting children to read six books and make at least six visits to libraries during the summer holidays.
This year’s theme, Creepy House, includes smelly stickers and medals for those who are brave enough to complete it.
The challenge runs until September 14 at all Wirral libraries.