Connie Koch was the guest speaker for the Sedalia Public Library’s first event in the library’s summer reading program on Wednesday, June 5 at Convention Hall in Liberty Park. But she was not the main attraction. Her snakes were.
Snake Lady Connie of Sedalia brought eight, legless reptiles to show the children a variety of snakes that she owns, and one that her helper Julian owns. Each snake was named, and travels in its own pillow case. Her snakes normally eat at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning, Koch noted. She fearlessly handled each cold-blooded snake, introducing them by name (such as Hannibal, Murdoch, Noah and Spirit) and allowing them to slither around her arms, hands, neck and shoulders before gently placing it back in the bag, which was sealed with a simple knot.
She also exhibited some frozen snake eggs, as well as snakeskin that has been shed.
The event kicked off the library’s “Dig Into Reading” program, which continues through July 24. The snake show was originally scheduled to take place outside, but was moved into Convention Hall due to light rain showers.
The show concluded with Connie donning a long, flowing black costume with a pointed hat and letting out a classic witch’s scream while clutching “Noah,” much to the delight of the kids and their parents attending the event, who responded with applause and cheers. Koch said she dresses as a witch every Halloween, one of her favorite holidays.
After the show, each child was allowed to line up and gently touch “Noah” the boa constrictor. Library assistants also handed out cookies to the children afterwards. About 20 books on snakes were on display from the library.
The next event will be next Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at Liberty Park, where Master Gardner Jack Hayes will present a program on composting.
For more information, stop by the Sedalia Public Library at 515 South Ohio and pick up a schedule, contact Amy Elvers, children’s librarian, at 826-1314 or check out their website at www.sedalialibrary.com. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.