Monarchs are Here!

Posted by Pamela Bobker on July 14th, 2016
monarch on milkweed

Monarch butterfly on milkweed

This summer, the Cornerstones of Science librarians will be raising monarch caterpillars into butterflies.

The tiny caterpillars arrived July 13th from Monarch Watch.

We will feed them on fresh milkweed leaves until they are ready to go into chrysalis phase and then emerge as butterflies.

The caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed plants.

According to Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch, “Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority.”

Curtis Library and Cornerstones of Science are pleased to be part of this effort.

tiny caterpillars

Tiny Caterpillars

Stop by the Youth Services desk to see the monarch caterpillars!

Green Eggs and Sand Horseshoe Crabs – Thursday, June 2, 1:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on May 26th, 2016

Carol Steingart of Coast EncountersCornerstones of Science presents Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters program about Horseshoe Crabs.

Discover the secret life of these prehistoric “helmets of the sea” that aren’t even true crabs. Learn about the vital role they play in shoreline ecosystem health.

Day & Time: Thursday, June 2, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Pamela Bobker 207-725-5242 pbobker@curtislibrary.com

I Am Coyote

Posted by Pamela Bobker on March 15th, 2016

Geri Vistein: Author Event March 24 5:30pm

Maine Conservation Biologist Geri Vistein has written a remarkable new book:  I Am CoyoteThis book tells the story of a coyote travelling from New Brunswick, Canada to Baxter State Park, to find a mate and establish her own territory. The book gives rich detail of this important carnivore’s struggle to survive and shows us an animal that is intelligent, observant, playful and resilient. As the story unfolds, Vistein helps the reader understand the crucial role the coyote plays in Maine’s ecosystem.i am coyote

I thought the book was fascinating. It is told from the coyote’s point of view, so we get to experience events through the animal’s perspective.  When she hears a raven call, for example, Coyote knows that the bird is telling her to look for a wounded animal near a brook.  Coyote will kill the animal, and there will be food for the ravens as well.  Coyote is part of an interactive ecosystem.  I was surprised to learn that coyote’s eat a lot of rodents and that they also enjoy eating berries!

Meet Geri Vistein and learn about her work on Thursday March 24 at 5:30pm in the Morrell Meeting Room. Maine’s beloved watercolor artist, Evelyn Dunphy will join the author, sharing her beautiful watercolors that have been inspired by specific events in the book. Adding to the festivities, talented musicians from the Midcoast will be there to make music with original Coyote songs written by Maine composer Elizabeth Starr and many of their favorite Celtic tunes.

The program is free and open to all ages.