The Explorer Magazine Summer 2021 - Page 14

Join us for Animal Tales !

Our Park Naturalists and volunteers come to your local library each month to share a story about a native animal and lead a craft or activity . These programs are FREE to attend and are most appropriate for preschool to upper elementary age children . Advance registration is required by contacting your library .
Please note : With the ever-changing circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic , Animal Tales may become Virtual Animal Tales and / or an Animal Tales StoryWalk at McCloud Nature Park during any given month . Follow us on Facebook or contact your local library for updates .
MAY
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost
JUNE
Fireflies ! by Julie Brinckloe
JULY
How to Hide a Butterfly by Ruth Heller
AUGUST
Flight of the Honeybee by Raymond Huber
What would happen if you walked very , very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside ? You might see a cricket leap , a moth spread her wings , or a spider step across a silken web . In simple , evocative language , Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us .
A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies , which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight , but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will
die .
Go on a fascinating nature hunt to find the butterflies , bees , inchworms , and other intriguing insects hiding in the brilliantlypainted pages of this book .
A tiny honeybee emerges from the hive for the first time . Using sunlight , landmarks , and scents to remember the path , she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive . She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her , avoids birds that might eat her , and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters .
PLAINFIELD-GUILFORD TWP Mondays at 4:30 p . m . Call library at ( 317 ) 839-6602 to register in advance May 3 , June 7 , August 2
CLAYTON-LIBERTY TWP Tuesdays at 10:30 a . m . Call library at ( 317 ) 539-2991 to register in advance May 4 , June 8 , July 6 , August 3
MONROVIA Tuesdays at 1 p . m . Call library at ( 317 ) 996-4307 to register in advance May 4 , June 8 , July 6 , August 3
BROWNSBURG Wednesdays at 4 p . m . Call library at ( 317 ) 852-3167 to register in advance May 5 , June 9 , July 7 , August 4
JAMESTOWN Thursdays at 3 p . m . Call library at ( 765 ) 676-6190 to register in advance May 6 , June 10 , July 8 , August 5
ROACHDALE Thursdays at 4:30 p . m . Call library at ( 765 ) 522-1491 to register in advance May 6 , June 10 , July 8 , August 5
AVON-WASHINGTON TWP Fridays at 2 p . m .
Call library at ( 317 ) 272-4818 to register in advance May 7 , June 11 , July 9 , August 6
DANVILLE Fridays at 4 p . m . Call library at ( 317 ) 745-2604 to register in advance May 7 , June 11 , July 9 , August 6
RECOMMENDED READING

FOR ADULTS

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS BY ROBIN WALL KIMMERER
As a botanist , Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science . As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation , she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers . In Braiding Sweetgrass , Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “ a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific , as sacred as it is historical , as clever as it is wise ” ( Elizabeth Gilbert ).
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist and as a woman , Kimmerer shows how other living beings – asters and goldenrod , strawberries and squash , salamanders , algae , and sweetgrass – offer us gifts and lessons , even if we ’ ve forgotten how to hear their voices .
In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today , she circles toward a central argument : that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world . For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the Earth and learn to give our own gifts in return .
Braiding Sweetgrass is a New York Times bestseller , a Washington Post bestseller , and was named a “ Best Essay Collection of the Decade ” by Literary Hub .
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