I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. The weather certainly co-operated. I spent the weekend visiting my mom and my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. We had some fun outings, played some Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit (I think it’s time for me to re-read the books and watch the movies), watched the movie Christopher Robin (Wow, my weekend was more “booked” than I realized – HaHa! That’s a librarian joke), and did a family photoshoot in a field of dandelions.
It was so nice to see all the yards and parks full of dandelions. Dandelions (which I recently read are in the same family as sunflowers – another of my favourite flowers – and not a weed) are the first food for bees waking from their winter slumber. They certainly had a feast this weekend. Interestingly, yesterday (May 20) was World Bee Day. Many people freak out when a bee buzzes by but this is really unnecessary (unless you’re allergic, of course). Sure, being stung by a bee stings but we’d be much worse off if we didn’t have bees. Bees are not only important for the food and healthcare products they produce but they are also responsible for the pollination of 1/3 of the world’s food production. The role of bees as pollinators is critical to sustainable agriculture. They are also crucial to balancing ecosystems and promoting biodiversity.
Check out storybooks featuring bees in the Fiction and Everybody sections of The Library. Learn more about bees in the Nonfiction section under 595.79.
Want to spend the day as a bee flying around the mountains of Slovenia? Try downloading the mobile game Beeday on your smartphone and tablet.
Here, in The Library, I’ve been been a busy bee … buzzing around from cataloging to check-ins to shelving to book return reminders … Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!