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Hurlburt Field youth meet exotic animals

An python escaping an instructors grasp.

An instructor displays a coastal carpet python during the animal exhibit portion of the annual summer reading program at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27, 2017. The focus of the Hurlburt Field Library’s Summer Reading Program is to inspire young people to read during the summer months. Events like the animal exhibit introduce kids to new ideas and experiences as they expand their interest in reading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

A kid holds two prairie dogs.

Ethan Sabatowski, a participant in the Hurlburt Field Library’s Summer Reading Program, holds a box carrying two black-tailed prairie dogs at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27, 2017. The library hosted the summer reading program, which included an animal exhibit, to encourage young people to read over the summer months. Programs like this build upon the resilience of Team Hurlburt’s force, family and relationships by giving Airmen and their family’s opportunities that otherwise may not be available. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

A group of kids looking at prairie dogs.

A group of Team Hurlburt youth watch an instructor carry two black-tailed prairie dogs during a summer reading program at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27, 2017. The Hurlburt Field Library hosted the annual summer reading program, which included an animal exhibit, to encourage young people to read over the summer months. Programs like this build upon the resilience of Team Hurlburt’s force, family and relationships by giving Airmen and their family’s opportunities that otherwise may not be available. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Group of kids sitting on the floor.

A group of Team Hurlburt youth watch an animal specialist give a presentation at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27, 2017. The animal exhibit presentation was part of the Hurlburt Field Library’s Summer Reading Program, a program designed to encourage young people to read over the summer months. The animal exhibit introduced kids to exotic wildlife such as a coastal carpet python, an African spurred tortoise and a black-tailed prairie dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

A few individuals holding a python.

A participant of the Hurlburt Field Library’s Summer Reading Program laughs during an animal exhibit presentation at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27, 2017. The animal exhibit presentation was part of the library’s summer reading program, a program designed to encourage young people to read over the summer months. The animal exhibit introduced kids to exotic wildlife such as a coastal carpet python, an African spurred tortoise and a Kinkajou. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – -- A group of Team Hurlburt youth watch an animal specialist give a presentation at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 27. The animal exhibit presentation was part of the Hurlburt Field Library’s Summer Reading Program, a program designed to encourage young people to read over the summer months. The animal exhibit introduced kids to exotic wildlife such as a coastal carpet python, an African spurred tortoise and a black-tailed prairie dog.