NORTH WEBSTER — Learn about the re-introduction of river otters in Indiana and how freshwater mussels reveal water quality at North Webster Community Public Library. Darci Zolman from Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District will present a River Otters and Mussels program 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 28, at the library. Geared to youth and adults, the program tells about the once endangered river otter’s successful comeback and looks at the history, reasons for the river otter’s decline, physical features, behaviors and reintroduction of this native animal. Participants will also get to see a real river otter specimen.
This presentation also examines why mussels are great indicators of water quality and the reason they are one of the most endangered species worldwide. The program is open to the public and complements the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit that will be on display at the library June 26 through Aug. 7.
Kids will see other things disappear and re-appear at Mr. Jim’s Wild Kingdom Magic Show 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30. Magician and educator Jim Merrills shares the magic of the animal kingdom in a fun-filled family show that includes close-up photos of animal encounters, stories of his animal adventures and lots of magic. This is a Summer Discovery event open to all children.
Local Tales follows the next day at 10:30 a.m. when Dr. Stephanie Coates from Premier Veterinary Services presents a family program about animal chiropractic care.
The week ends with Friday Family Food and Fun on July 2 with four sessions at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Kids will learn about sea creatures as they move through four stations of crafts, activities and snacks. Pre-registration is required to participate. Sign up at the youth services desk or call (574) 834-7122 ext. 202.
Starting Saturday, June 26, the book “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park will be available to pick up at the circulation desk for the community book discussion that will be held 11:30 a.m. July 15. The 2010 novel blends the true story of a lost Sudanese boy displaced by civil war who grows up to build village wells and the fictional story of a young village girl who must walk long hours each day to fetch water for her family. The book and discussion highlights how providing a clean water source can be used for peace to impact quality of life