The Peoria Public Library North Branch has new inhabitants. A live bee colony was unveiled Friday in front of a group of three to six year olds at the library for storytime in the beehive themed story room.
Trisha Noack handles public relations for the library. She says the indoor/outdoor bee colony is interesting for kids and adults to see. Noack says its sparks their curiosity and makes them want to come back again and again. She says once you spark that interest in a child and help them recognize the ease of library as the place they want to be, they’ll be lifelong users and lifelong learners.
The hive has a special tube the bees can use to go outside to the prairie landscape that surrounds the new library. The live bee project was developed with assistance from the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter and Humane Society.
The Humane Society also donated a wide selection of bee themed books to foster a better understanding of bee culture for visitors. Hart Honey will maintain the bee display.