Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nonhuman library visitors

Critters that have visited our library:
  • Tarantulas
  • Roadrunner 
  • Dog                                                                                   
  • Ants                                                                                         
  • Beetles
  • Mealworms
  • Bats
  • Cockatoo
The tarantulas arrived via the district delivery system last year, as ordered by the kindergarten team for their PBL unit.  I have to admit, they fascinate me--as long as they are encased and not in my home!

Technically, the roadrunner wasn't in the library, it was on our windowsill.  For hours.  Interrupting storytime, posing for pictures, and making me aware that we did not have one single book on roadrunners in our collection.  Twenty books on penguins, but none on this iconic Southwest feathered friend. (I've since remedied that problem.)

The dog was a recent visitor during fifth grade's PBL launch event.  I sadly missed him during the visit, as I was teaching nonfiction text features on the other side of the library, but I did get to catch up with him in the hallway.

The ants are recurring visitors, little black moving specks that pop up now and then on our shelves.  The district "ant man" has visited us several times, and that particular six-legged population seems to be decreasing.  Fingers crossed.

Beetles, well, they're infrequent guests, but I didn't want to leave them out.

The mealworms were delivered from the district for distribution to the second grade team.  They are studying life cycles.  I did not open the carton to see what stage they were in upon delivery, just took the bag upstairs.  Happy trails, grubs.

This past Monday, we had one very lively 44 year old cockatoo named Avery and two very sleepy, teeny, fruit-eating bats visit from the Capital of Texas Refuge Zoo.  Mr. Michael Hicks patiently explained the differences between birds and bats to our first grade classes for their PBL unit.

I wonder what we'll add to the library-visitor-menagerie in years to come?


  1. This whole post is way cool. Not only because of the visitors, but the opportunity to hear your writing voice. It comes through so clearly.

    I also love that roadrunner pic!

    1. Thank you! I do think I have the coolest job on the whole campus. :-) Critters are one of the perks.

  2. Love the picture of the road runner --that is awesome!! Glad you found some books about road runners to add, but there is nothing like the real thing! So many ideas to try and ponder in this post! Thank you

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Clare! It was an odd day with the roadrunner, indeed...