Can Libraries Be Pandemic Heroes?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been forced to limit interaction with the outside world for safety, so libraries that innovate can be heroes to parents who want to prevent isolation. And creative librarians have found CEED to be a welcome partner. In response to the safety restrictions on in-person animal and nature demonstrations, CEED has developed seven virtual programs that help libraries reach children and families online.
Jamie Papandrea, Library Director at the Brookhaven Free Library, says “We’re working to develop our own virtual/online skills, but there are some things we can’t replicate. We don’t have a tortoise or a dove, or the animals Ranger Eric has, so it’s good to be able to still offer that experience. We’ve been doing programs with Eric and CEED for some time and we look forward to continuing to work with CEED, whether virtually, and hopefully eventually in person.”
Choose from seven unique and engaging presentations:
LIVE Animal Show: Wildlife Diversity – exotic bugs, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals!
Bobwhite Quail vs Ticks Study – hatching quail eggs and releasing the birds into the wild!
Traveling Rainforest Museum – live animals, videos and remarkable stories from our very own world-traveling Biologist, Ranger Eric!
What Makes A Mammal A Mammal? – locomotion, body structure, biology, and more, with special appearances from live mammals!
The World of Birds – live birds, close-up views, videos, and photos from around the world.
Building Food Webs at the Pond – explore a bucket of actual pond water to see what critters we can catch, live on camera!
Conservation Projects & Citizen Science – fun science and nature discovery from the convenience of your backyard or local nature area.
Anyone can volunteer. Even you!