Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Learning About the Chesapeake Bay

Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help Andrew Wilson explain about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help
Andrew Wilson explain
 about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Andrew Wilson from Under the Sea, a marine education organization, recently presented a program at Silver Spring Library all about the Chesapeake Bay. We learned a lot about the Bay's ecosystem and the critters who call it home.

For instance, did you know that the bay is made up of brackish water, a mixture of fresh water and salt water?  Did you know that animals and plants interact to survive in the Bay ecosystem? Some animals have seen a steep decline in their populations.  For example, the number of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay today is only 1% to 2% of what it was when Jamestown was settled.

Hermit crab and other crabs in observation tank
Animals include a hermit crab (on the left)
 and its friends.
Mr. Wilson brought live crabs with him to show us:  a blue crab, a spider crab, a horseshoe crab, a mud crab, and a hermit crab.  He also brought oysters, toadfish, eel grass, and a whelk,  Children and adults had a great time observing them and even touching some.

The library has lots of books you can read to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and its animals.  You also might want to look them up on the library's Kids InfoBits site.


Friday, May 13, 2016

中文讀書會 Chinese Book Discussion

Participants at table discuss Daughter's Taiwan, Father's China by Chen Hao
The first meeting of our Chinese literature (written in Chinese) book group was a big success. Participants gathered to discuss Chen Hao's Daughter's Taiwan, Father's ChinaAt the end of the meeting, there was a special tour of our new library building and our world language collections.

Our second meeting is June 2 at 7:00 PM, when we will discuss Start from the Heart by Chen Yueqing.

Customers can visit the 3rd floor Customer Service Desk to check out copies while available.  

書名: 從心開始,每天清除心靈癌細胞