Discover Bugs: Insects

Peek through the magnifiers to get a really close-up look at six very large and very REAL bugs, including a cockroach, a scorpion, a wasp, a cricket, a spider, and a beetle that shines! Each one is inside a clear acrylic globe on a small round base that can be turned from side to side. The globes can be moved, too, and all of them sit on a large round base. After you finish looking at one bug, use the red knob to move the base to look inside the next globe.

When you turn the globes and use the magnifiers, you can examine the top and underside of each bug. Notice the colors and patterns on each one’s body. Look for bugs with wings. Then count each one’s legs. How many do you see? What else do you notice about these bugs when you get a magnified look at them?

Next, peek at the life cycles of a locust, a cabbage worm, and a honeybee. How do these bugs change as they grow up? Compare the life stages of these bugs. What do you notice that’s the same about all three? What’s different?

Here’s a tricky fact: All insects are bugs—but not all bugs are insects! Some of the bugs in this exhibit are insects. What makes an insect an insect? Look at the books and check out the websites listed below—and many others—to find the answer!

You may never have thought bugs were interesting or beautiful. This exhibit will change your mind!


Discover Bugs

Classifying insects / Andrew Solway.

Explains what insects are and how they differ from other animals, with an overview of the life cycle of a variety of insects, including ants, bees, cockroaches, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and butterflies.

Insects / Barbara Taylor.

Presents an introduction to insects, discussing their life cycles, feeding habits, defense mechanisms, and impact on the environment.

Incredible insects / John Townsend.

Introduces a variety of unusual facts about the physical characteristics and behavior of insects.

Websites

Koday’s Kids Amazing Insects
http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/KKhp/KodaysKids/1KodaysKids.html

Awesome photographs and wonderful information about more than 50 insects is just a click away on this kid friendly website.

Bug Bios
http://www.insects.org/

A more advanced site with lots of pictures & information about insects divided into 14 insect groupings (orders), including “Some are not insects.”

Children’s Butterfly Site
http://bsi.montana.edu/web/kidsbutterfly/

A fun site with lots of information and colored pictures, coloring pages, frequently asked questions, butterfly life cycles and much more.

Apr
19
11:00AM

Saturday Science Lab

Children ages 6-12 and their families will celebrate Earth Day with the Discovery Team!


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
21
3:30PM

Homework Zone

Homework help is available for children ages 5-12.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Apr
21
4:30PM

Waterwheels at Work

Young engineers ages 6-12 will design and build a waterwheel. Seating is limited; tickets will be available at the programming room door.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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Apr
22
2:00PM

Live Eels!

Kids ages 6-12 will meet some real native New Yorkers: eels, live from the Hudson River. Seating is limited; tickets will be available at the programming room door.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
24
12:00PM

Fragrance of Spring

In this five-session movement and craft series, toddlers ages 18-36 months
will dance with scarves, ribbons, fabric and soft pom poms and will create their own 3D mobiles, spring pop-up cards and fancy butterflies. Space is limited; first come, first served.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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Apr
24
4:00PM

Easy Reader Club

Beginner readers ages 5-7 will have fun while improving their literacy skills.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
25
11:30AM

Mother Goose

Infants ages 6-17 months and their parents or other adult caregivers enjoy songs, rhymes and stories with a librarian.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
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Apr
25
4:00PM

Fun Friday

Children ages 6-12 can drop in to play board games or cards, do puzzles or a craft, or enjoy another fun activity.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

Apr
28
10:30AM

Toddler Time

Children ages 18-35 months and their caregivers meet for weekly story time with a children's librarian. Participants enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, learning activities and lots of fun! Preregistration is required.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this event will reserve your spot for the entire program.
Central LibraryMon, May 5, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM
Central LibraryMon, May 12, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM
Central LibraryMon, May 19, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM

Apr
30
10:30AM

Timeless Tales

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers meet for weekly storytimes with a children's librarian. Participants enjoy stories, fingerplays, learning activities and lots of fun. Preregistration is required.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this event. Please check back closer to the event date.
Details: Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this event will reserve your spot for the entire program.
Central LibraryWed, May 7, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM
Central LibraryWed, May 14, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM
Central LibraryWed, May 21, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM
Central LibraryWed, May 28, 201410:30AM - 11:15AM

Apr
30
4:30PM

The Incredible Life of Frida Kahlo (in English and Spanish)

Follow the journey of Frida Kahlo in this interactive, bilingual musical. As a lonely girl growing up in Mexico, she had only imaginary friends to keep her company. After discovering her "inner artist," she went on to become one of the most celebrated women of the 20th century.
This program is made possible by funds from Con Edison.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
1
3:30PM

Homework Zone

Homework help is available for children ages 5-12.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


May
2
4:00PM

Fun Friday

Children ages 6-12 can drop in to play board games or cards, do puzzles or a craft, or enjoy another fun activity.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required
Additional Event Dates/Locations
This is a recurring event. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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May
9
4:00PM

Mother's Day Craft

Children ages 5-12 will create a special craft to take home to Mom!


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
14
4:00PM

Tales from Turkey and Turkish Marbled Paper Bookmarks

Hear folktales from Turkey and make a bookmark inspired by ancient Turkish art. This program is part of the "Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World" series.


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

May
24
2:00PM

Catapult Lab for Teens

Young people in grades 7-12 build mini-catapults out of common office supplies and then have fun using them to hit targets! Space is limited!


Location: Central Library
Registration: Not required

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