Vail library showcases Canyon Critters |

Vail library showcases Canyon Critters

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Public Library will present Canyon Critters during the Summer Reading Program from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the library community room. Canyon Critters, a live, interactive reptile experience, features animals from many parts of the world. The Summer Reading Program, themed “One World, Many Stories,” is for rising first- through fifth-graders.

“We have brought a reptile program to the library before and the interest level among the children was very high,” said Lori Ann Barnes, town librarian. “This event promises to be equally popular.”

Space is limited for this week’s event, which means preregistration is required. Normally, registration for Summer Reading Programs is available at the door any Tuesday. This special event necessitates that the library to limit the numbers. Families can call ahead to put their children on the registration list.

Canyon Critters was founded by Nico Novelli because he wanted to share his lifelong passion for reptiles and exotic pets. Novelli enjoys sharing his collection of critters and educating people about proper and responsible care.

In an effort to help support the ever-growing number of abandoned critters, Novelli continues to rescue critters in need of homes. Novelli started taking in rescues when he was working for the Los Angeles County Animal Control as an alternative to euthanizing them. Aside from owning and handling many types of reptiles for more than 30 years, Novelli worked for Reptile Rentals, which supplied reptiles and other exotic animals to the entertainment industry for movies such as “Indiana Jones,” “Arachnophobia,” “Lemony Snicket” and “Snakes on a Plane.”

“The Canyon Critters animals love to perform at kids’ birthday parties, educational school or library events, boy or girl scout functions or town festivals,” said Novelli of his beloved pets.

The event is free. Parents are always welcome. For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit

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