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Animals from the Schiele Museum

Animals from the Schiele Museum

Published: June 12, 2018

If you’re a kid, it’s likely that you harbor a deep affection for animals, whether they’re pets, local wildlife, or some suitably exotic creature that you’ve discovered in books or online.

In the eyes of children, animals have special abilities, offer unconditional acceptance, and provide a great impetus for exploring the world. You can ask a child, What’s your favorite animal? and you’ll get an immediate response, not to mention a quick lesson or tidbit about that animal.

It comes as no surprise, then, that the Schiele Museum of Natural History is one of Summer Learning’s perennial draws. Each year, the museum’s staff bring a lively menagerie to the library’s seven branches and introduce them to kids for first-hand examination and awe.

This year, in keeping with Summer Learning’s Libraries Rock theme, the Schiele is transporting a selection of creatures unified by their tendency to make distinctive sounds. This Sounds of Nature exhibit will teach participants about the variety of utterings made by animals and will also explain why they make those particular sounds. Then, kids will get to experience the cries, calls, and grunts for themselves.

Past presentations by the Schiele have featured live turtles, lizards, snakes, and rabbits, along with life-sized replicas of possums, tortoises, insects, and birds. Seeing this diversity of life gives children an appreciation for all living things and helps them understand how interconnected the natural world is. The session also teaches them a healthy respect for untamed animals and gives them an indication of what is or isn’t approachable in the wild.

Children, teens, and adults are all welcome to attend the Schiele Museum’s presentations and to enjoy the beauty and adaptability of the animal visitors up close. The library also hopes that programs like this provoke ongoing home lessons and spark a curiosity that will serve children throughout their lives. It's a great way to make learning a lifelong habit!

  • Monday, June 18 at 2:30 pm – Southwest
  • Monday, June 18 at 5:30 pm – St. Stephens
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 2:30 pm – Maiden
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 pm – Conover   
  • Thursday, June 21 at 10 am – Sherrills Ford-Terrell
  • Thursday, June 21 at 1pm – Claremont
  • Thursday, June 21 at 4 pm – Newton