National Library Week is coming up next week, but at the library, I think we are pretty much celebrating the whole month. We have an Edible Book Festival on April 12, a downtown reading flash mob April 18 and the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale April 24-27.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Lives Changes @ Your Library.” We are emphasizing the many ways our library has helped the community and its citizens grow by unleashing an army of paper butterflies. When you come in, grab a butterfly and tell us how the library has changed your life. We’ll hang all of the submissions at the front of the library to show just how many caterpillars have changed into beautiful butterflies with the help of the library.
Since we have butterflies on our minds all month, it is a perfect time to discuss how you can attract many more butterflies to your home and garden. If you have a child or grandchild, I encourage you to check and read together some of the following books on the world of butterflies:
· “Butterflies of Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Texas”by John Dole – This identification guide from the adult department will help your family identify the many different butterfly varieties populating the southern plains.
“Butterfly Garden” by Margaret McNamara – This fun easy reader story looks at Mrs. Connor's first-grade class as they watch as caterpillars slowly turn into butterflies in the school butterfly garden.
· “Butterflies” by Seymour Simon - Explore the world of butterflies with fascinating facts and full-color photographs. Learn where to find butterflies and how to plant your very own butterfly garden.
· “Butterflies in the Garden” by Carol Lerner – Find out how to lure butterflies into your garden with specific flowers they like to eat and plants where they leave their eggs.
· “The Butterfly Book: a Kid's Guide to Attracting, Raising, and Keeping Butterflies” by K.R.Hamilton – This fact filled book explains the life stages, body structures, and habits of butterflies. Readers can also learn how to raise, safely handle and house butterflies before returning them to the wild.