By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chronicle 

Scales and tales - 'Replitle Man' kicks off summer reading program


June 27, 2019

Gini Davis/The Creswell Chronicle

Oregon Reptile Man, Rich Ritchey introduces Cole Condit to an African spur thigh tortoise during Creswell Library's Summer Reading Program kickoff last week.

Back by popular demand, it's ... the Oregon Reptile Man!!

The kickoff event for Creswell Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program had no apparent connection to this year's theme, "A Universe of Stories"; however, "We got so many requests for the reptile guy last year that we didn't really have a choice – we had to have him again," said youth librarian, Nick Caum.

Sure enough, the advance word had spread, and on June 19 families packed Creswell Community Center to see the Oregon Reptile Man – aka Rich Ritchey – whose "edutaining" combination of critters, facts and humor created a show uni...

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