Celebrate the Bees! Week

Did you know Friday, May 20 is World Bee Day?

All week long from May 16 – 21, there will be fun and informative activities for all ages as we showcase how special these little pollinators are and how we can help them thrive in our community.

MONDAY:
Make a bee button at the Fleming or Fonthill Branch. Some buttons will be available to take, or make your own using the button maker!

TUESDAY:
Colour and make bee crafts at all branches. Kits are also available to take home while supplies last.

WEDNESDAY:
How to Help Pollinators, virtual presentation at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Join naturalist Kerry Royer from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to learn about pollinators and the local environment.

About the presentation:
Pollinators provide essential ecosystem services to many plants and animals and are also vitally important to food production, agriculture, and the economy. Despite all these benefits, native pollinators are declining, as are the animals that rely on them (e.g. insect-eating birds, bats, etc.). A pollinator is an insect, mammal, or bird that helps carry pollen from one plant to another – crucial for the production of fruit, nuts and young plants. Learn what types of pollinators are found in this area, their role in the ecosystem, and how everyone can play a role in helping to restore their habitat. 

Registration is required. Sign up online here.

THURSDAY:
Drop in to watch the award-winning film Honeyland at the Maple Acre Branch at 1:30 pm.

About the movie:
Haditze Muratova scales her way along the breathtaking Balkan mountainside to check her beloved cache of honeybees. She’s the last of the Macedonian wild beekeepers and lives alone with her ailing mother on a farm unspoiled by electricity or running water. She survives by selling small-batch honey in a Skopje market, a mere four-hour walk away. Her peace is happily broken with the arrival of new neighbours, their herd of cattle and seven kids. She optimistically shares her one golden rule with the interlopers: take half the honey for yourself, but leave half for the bees. It doesn’t take long for human nature to take its course, leaving the hive and Hatidze irrevocably changed.

Can’t make it to the movie? Watch it at home on Kanopy.

Needle-Felted Bee, 6:30 PM at the Fleming Branch
Join Kelley to make a needle-felted bee. Beginners welcome; ages 10+. $12, all supplies provided.

Registration required. Sign up at the library or online here.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Receive a free bee-friendly planting kit! Available at all branches while supplies last.

ALL WEEK: Enter to win a bee-utiful basket at all branches.

Find books all about bees for children and adults in the catalogue.