Students welcome first day of school with an alpaca

Bennington Banner
By: Patricia LeBoeuf
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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NORTH BENNINGTON — Temperatures reaching almost into the 90s couldn't keep kids and their families from the novelty of the day Wednesday — a young alpaca, ready for petting.

"We figured this would be quite a draw for parents and kids — to come see an alpaca," said Jennie Rozycki, library director of the John G. McCullough Library.

The library hosted the alpaca as part of its first-day-of-class celebration Wednesday afternoon, which also featured smoothie-making with the RiseVT smoothie bike and library card and newsletter sign-up, part of its effort to draw local children and get more of them to sign up for library cards. Wednesday was the first day of school at the Village School of North Bennington and Southshire Community School.

The library's event was part of a day of celebration for students at the Village School, with a barbecue, all-school assembly with a stilt-walker performance and a parade.

Pernod, a true black juvenile alpaca just shy of a year old, made his appearance on the library grounds just after noon.

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