The Southern Prairie Library System is excited to introduce a new summer program adventure.
The next program in the library’s Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” will be “Insect Adventure” presented by the Oklahoma State University’s Entomology Department coordinated by Dr. Andrine Shufran. This program will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Altus Community Center, 401 Falcon Road in Altus.
Children get to meet live insects and their relatives up close and personal. They can get answers to all those questions that have been “bugging” them about the world’s largest group of animals from a professional entomologist. This is a hands-on activity they will be sure to remember and talk about for a long time. OSU’s exciting, activity-filled program helps students develop scientific awareness, deepens their understanding and motivates them to participate in science without ever opening a textbook.
Shufran has been employed with the department since 2003. Shufran earned a B.S. in Horticulture and Entomology from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Agricultural Biology from New Mexico State University where she was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in 2000 and Distinguished Departmental Alumnus in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from OSU in 2008. She is currently coordinator of the program and an associate extension specialist. Her job involves husbandry of numerous arthropod species, supervising student entomologists, maintaining USDA quarantine regulations, overseeing improvements to the facility, and providing more than 200 educational programs on arthropods, annually, to children of all ages throughout the state.
“Insect Adventure” is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or IMLS administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
Also from the library, June 28 will be a “Teens and Tweens Activity Day.” The crafts will include beaded bookmarks and the “Surprised Chicken Ring.” This craft workshop will be 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The first meeting of the Southern Prairie Library System’s Chess Club will be 2-3:30 p.m. June 29 at the Altus Public Library. Teens and tweens ages 12-17 are invited to attend.
There is also a storytime for the little ones 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday.
For more information call 580-477-2890 or check Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System.