Aloof, independent, and a little mysterious, cats and their owners embody a unique philosophy of mutual respect and unconditional love. Explore this philosophy with the following books: The Karma of Cats, a collection of stories and poems by cat owners and edited by Diana Ventimiglia; The Little Book of Bob, in which author James Brown describes how his friendship with an orange tabby changed both their lives; and in the Fandex Family Field Guide: Cats by Kathryn Petras, Ross Petres, and Tetsu Yamazaki, which explores the history and quirks of the various breeds of cats. This kit will include an invitation to both a virtual and an outdoor discussion, as well as a list of recommended reading.
Share your creative projects at Sip & Share. This month, stitch an animal-inspired craft with these two books: Knitted Animal Scarves, Mists, and Socks by Fiona Goble and I Love My Dog Embroidery by Oksana Kokovkina. Discuss your projects with other arts and crafts enthusiasts at a Zoom meeting while enjoying tea provided by Tea in Terre Haute and a new mug.
Inspired by her rescue dog Hallie, Stephanie Pence created a career from her passion for making dog treats. Fourteen years later, Hallie Hound Barkery is Pence's full-time job. Listen to Pence discuss how she grew her business and what challenges she faced along the way. A question and answer session will follow the live event.
Humans may not have fur, feathers, or tails, but our species has more similarities to our animal kin than differences. Discover the ways animal cultures and lifestyles overlap with humans with these books: Becoming Wild by Carl Safina takes readers inside the cultures of three non-human species; Our Symphony with Animals by Dr. Aysha Akhtar combines medicine, social history, and personal experience to show the deep connection between animal and human well-being; and Adam Rutherford's Humanimal debates how exceptional human beings are when compared to the behaviors humans share with other members of the animal kingdom. You will find additional recommended books and an invitation to both a virtual and an outdoor discussion in your kit. Kit registration and pickup begins Monday, July 12.
Ages 13 & Up: In Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic thriller Jaws, a peaceful beach community descends into chaos when an enormous great white shark attacks beach goers. Local police sheriff Martin Brody works with an oceanographer and a professional fisherman to hunt down the killer. Each car receives free admission and the first 100 cars receive complimentary popcorn. Rated PG. Gates open at 8:00 p.m.
Ages 5-11: Why do certain animals have tails while others don't? What do they use those tails for? 4-H Youth Educator Sara Haag will explain the various types of tails animals can have and how they function.
Can people live respectfully alongside wild animals? Explore the hazards that humans present to other species, from the dangers poaching and war to effects of climate change with these three books: Ivory, Horn, and Blood by Ronald Orenstein details the chilling crime and illegal trade that has decimated elephant and rhinoceros populations; Alex Dehgan's The Snow Leopard Project looks at conservation efforts in post-war Afghanistan; and On Thin Ice by Richard Ellis discusses how glacial ice loss has caused the number of polar bears to shrink by half in just twenty years. You will find additional resources from hoopla® and an invitation to both a virtual and an outdoor discussion in your kit. Kit registration and pickup begins Monday, July 5.
All Ages: Cool off this summer with a free Kona Ice and a new book! Kona Ice and Vigo County Public Library will be teaming up to pass out treats at the West Vigo IGA at 1:00 p.m. and the South 7th Street Park at 1:30 p.m. before heading to West Branch Library for outdoor games, music, and activities. Attend at one location or all three! Limit one Kona Ice and book per person.