Great Bend Public Library’s “Miss Amy” had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week’s subject was Bees.
There were quiet times when Children’s Librarian Amy Mayhill and staff read books. “Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bees” is about animal sounds. “Bee Dance,” by Rick Chrustowski, explains some of the real behavior of bees, including a figure-eight pattern dance used to share the location of a food source with hivemates.
After hearing the story, children got to do their own honeybee wiggle dance.
Things became more lively as the children wiggled and buzzed like bees, or sang several verses of the action song, “I’m Taking Home A Baby Bumblebee.”
“Bees are now on the endangered species list,” Mayhill told the children. Because this year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World,” the children were given packets of wildflower seeds to take home and plant to attract bees.
Children were also invited to taste samples of honey from local hives, although Mayhill warned parents it is not recommended for children less than 12 months old.
Bob the Builder, Rock Band
Story Time is a popular Tuesday activity for children and parents. During the Summer Reading Program, it is usually held at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the library, located at 1409 Williams St. However, next Tuesday, June 20, a special PBS Story Time will be held at 2 p.m. only and will be hosted by the Smoky Hills Public Television. It will feature the title character from the educational television program “Bob the Builder.”
Tuesdays also feature activities for teen, which includes anyone who has finished sixth grade through high school seniors, as well as computer lessons for adults. on June 20 teens can join a Rock Band video game competition at 2:30 p.m., and the adults’ Tech Tuesday on “How to Code” will start at 3 p.m.