Last Friday one hundred seventy people came to the Sanford Museum to kick-off the Summer Reading Program with Kay Neumann and her "Birds of Prey." She shared that as a volunteer through an organization called S.O.A.R. she helps nurse and rehabilitate injured birds back to good health so they can be released back into their natural habitat. However, some birds will not be released because of their injuries.
Kay brought three of these birds to show our audience. The first bird was a small owl known as a Barn Owl. This owl is a prairie bird. He likes to eat insects and sparrows, nest in holes in trees and he can rotate his head three quarters of the way around. We as humans can only turn our heads one-fourth or ninety degrees to the left and ninety degrees to the right.
The second bird was a bigger owl, the Gray Horned Owl. Some of us know it as a Hoot Owl. This bird is found in the woodlands. He nests in trees, old hawk nests, and old buildings. His favorite food is skunk. Needless to say, he's not a picky eater. Maybe that's because he doesn't have a keen sense of smell.
Kay's final bird of prey was a falcon. She was the smallest and the most talkative of the three birds. She nests in cliffs along the Mississippi River. Her long narrow wings come to a point which helps her soar through the air at sixty miles an hour. When she sees her favourite lunch, a pigeon, she dives at 200 miles per hour to snatch her prey. Pigeon is to this bird like chocolate cake is to us.
Kay took time to answer questions at the end of the show. One question was, how many bones does the hoot owl have in one wing? Over one hundred very tiny bones was Kay's answer.
Kay stayed a few minutes at the end of the program to answer a few more questions. Then she and her birds flew off to see the children at the Cleghorn Library.
At the end of the program those who wanted to sign up for the summer reading program could do so. Those who did not have a chance to sign up can call or stop by the library and ask for Peg in the children's department, 712-225-3498. Please have your child or children's name, the grade they just completed, phone number, and parent's name when you call. Pick up your "One World, Many Stories" bag which has a reading log, guidelines, Flat Stanley Scavenger Hunt sheet, and other goodies at the library.
Readers, on your mark . . . get set . . . READ!
On Thursday, June 23, come to the Sanford Museum for the ever popular "Pockets Full of Fun" program with Lisa Laird and her many puppets. You will soar around the world to discover all types of puppets and learn how many other countries use puppets. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!
Don't forget to look for Flat Stanley in one of our downtown business windows. He will be holding a flag from one of the countries he visited on his travels this last year. Each week fill out the date you saw Flat Stanley, the name of the store window you saw him in, and the name of the country of the flag. When you have written all the dates and names of the store you found Flat Stanley in bring the sheet to the library and receive a prize. Happy hunting!
The next two programs will be at the Cherokee Public Library on Thursday, June 28 and Tuesday, July 5th at 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. for both programs.
If you have any questions call 712-225-3498 and ask for Peg.