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Area libraries to offer nature programs

By Staff | Mar 18, 2016

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is teaming up with six libraries in Jefferson and Berkeley counties to offer a series of special “Passport to Nature at the Library” programs for children.

The programs will be offered during Spring Break Week (March 28-April 2). On each of those six days, one of the libraries will offer a unique, one-hour program. Each library’s program will be focused on a different nature topic, featuring a read-aloud story and an activity that relates to that topic.

All the programs will be free, and children may attend one, some, or all of them. There will be no need to register in advance; everyone who wants to attend can just show up.

The children who participate will be given “passports” that they can have stamped at all the libraries they visit.

The programs will be aimed at children ages 4 and up. Parents are encouraged to stay, and older siblings will be welcome.

The programs are being funded by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation.

The schedule for them is as follows:

Monday, March 28, 1:30 p.m.: Shepherdstown Public Library, 100 West German Street. Topic: “Float Your Boat.” Make a “boat” out of natural materials and see if it will actually float!

Tuesday, March 29, 1:30 p.m.: North Berkeley Public Library,1255 TJ Jackson Drive, Falling Waters. Topic: “Follow The Sun.” Make a sun print art masterpiece using natural materials.

Wednesday, March 30, 1:30 p.m.: South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church Street, Summit Point. Topic: “Make A Trail.” Make a map and follow a trail outside.

Thursday, March 31, 1:30 p.m.: Martinsburg Public Library, 101 West King Street. Topic: “Spy That Scat!” Learn how to identify animals by their droppings.

Friday, April 1, 1:30 p.m.: Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Public Library,151 Polk Street, Harpers Ferry. Topic: “Track an Animal.” Learn about animal tracks and them make a track to take home.

Saturday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.: Charles Town Library, 200 East Washington Street. Topic: “Build a Campfire.” Learn how to build a campfire by making a pretend one you can eat.