Llamas at the library
by Mark Andrews
Apr 03, 2012 | 1853 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spike, a rescue llama, shown here at the annual Atlanta Christmas Parade. Spike and others from Southeast Llama Rescue will be at the Emmie Nelson Public Library in Euharlee tonight beginning at 6 p.m.
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Spike, a rescue llama, shown here at the annual Atlanta Christmas Parade. Spike and others from Southeast Llama Rescue will be at the Emmie Nelson Public Library in Euharlee tonight beginning at 6 p.m. SPECIAL
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The Emmie Nelson Library in Euharlee beginning at 6 tonight will feature some special guests that aren't regular patrons or instructors for library programs -- several local llamas.

"Basically we have a rescue team coming here with Southeast Llama Rescue and the llamas themselves are public relations llamas, which means they are trained to meet with the public and go into hospitals, schools and other kinds of places to interact with people," said Emmie Nelson Public Library Branch Manager Christina Jedziniak.

She said Vicky Southwick, a handler with Southeast Llama Rescue, expressed interest in having the llamas come to the library during a recent spinning and weaving program hosted by the branch.

"It just seemed like it would be a good fit since we have knitting and crocheting programs and people are always in general interested in animals," Jedziniak said.

Southwick said most of the llamas featured will be rescues, and according to www.southeastllamarescue.org, its mission "is to protect the quality of life and improve the well-being of abused, neglected, unwanted and behaviorally unmanageable llamas through prevention, education, intervention, placement and lifelong care."

"The coordinator [Deborah Logan] actually lives in Acworth and she organizes getting homes for the llamas, so most of the llamas will be Southeast Llama Rescues, and one in particular is what's known as a Delta [Society's] Pet Partner," Southwick said. "He's been tested by the Delta Pet Partners and he's authorized to go to any facilities, nursing homes, schools, libraries, indoors, anything they need to do and that will be Spike -- the big guy."

She added, "Spike in particular just got an ambassador award this past weekend at the Southern States Llama Association for his visits and his parades."

Southwick said the group will bring examples of the various fabrics made from the animals and will show some of the options one has when adopting a llama.

"You can have them as a pet like you would a dog, you can use them to go camping and they'll carry all your gear, you can compete with them, they go through obstacles where they go in tunnels and over jumps and all through weird things," Southwick said.

She said while the llamas will show physical signs of distaste with their faces if around someone wearing an abundance of perfume or cologne, they are trained to be people-friendly.

"These are llamas that have been trained not to spit, they're used to being out with noise, fire engines, parades, lots of people around them touching them, they don't let their feet kick out into things, we work with them extensively and they're used to going out in public," Southwick said, adding she encouraged attendants to bring cameras.

Llamas at the Library will be at the Emmie Nelson Public Library in Euharlee from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 770-382-2057.