Trash Talkin’ Turtle and more events

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Jan Bates and a Trash Talkin’ Turtle made by young library patrons

Some of the library’s youngest patrons were introduced to the power of turtles and trees during a three day “Nuts About Nature” Science Program.

Children’s Program Coordinator Jan Bates (above) introduced kids, ages 7 to 10, to the the power of turtles during a three day “Nuts About Nature” Science Program. Tara Brent 4-H Extension Agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension did a session about trees and showed kids how to take paper trash and recycle it to make paper.

Kids made a Virginia Institute of Marine Science “Trash Talkin’ Turtle” – a paper turtle that has a trash bag attached to the back of its shell that was filled with camp trash. Kids learned the dangers of plastic bags, which often end up in the Chesapeake Bay where turtles can fatally mistake them for a favorite food – the jellyfish.

“The trash talking turtle will be on display in the library’s children’s area to remind patrons of the necessity of saving our sea turtles from harm in Northern Neck waters, said Bates.

On the last day, kids braved the heat and walked the beach and woods at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve bringing the tree and turtle program together.

“Hughlett Point has both, so we were able to make that connection for them,” said Bates. “They also collected plastic bottlecaps, crab baskets, a bait bag and the remains of a buoy.” Bates said while there was very little trash, most of it seemed to have been blown onto the beach from boats.

The library will hold a Watercolor Camp beginning July 21 and a Reader’s Theater three-day drama camp beginning July 25. Call 580-5051 to register.

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