Kids buzzing for bees at MV Public Library

Elijah Craine, Isaiah Craine, Courtney Dupuis plant bee-friendly seeds

Kids of all ages came out for the Buzzing Gardens family program at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay on July 10. Sunny weather meant the program took place outdoors behind the library building.

Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO Karen Filipkowski says Library Summer Program Coordinator Julia Beggs and Assistant Summer Program Coordinator Emily Mintha were inspired to learn about bees after library staff attended a Communities in Bloom meeting. The girls worked together to develop a fun, educational program based on Buzzing Gardens seed packets obtained from


Emily Mintha displays Bee Trivia Quiz board

The program started with the children sharing facts about bees. Then the group moved into the shade to play a Bee Trivia Quiz developed by Beggs and Mintha. The questions were arranged in Easy, Medium and Hard categories and each child could select from any section. An example question was:

One-third of the food we eat depends on bees? True or False?

Many children were surprised to learn the answer is True.

Following the quiz, small groups worked together to plant seeds from bee-friendly plants. Each child planted an individual container that they could take home to help grow a pollinator-friendly garden.


Julia Beggs demonstrates planting 

Madawaska Valley Public Library plans a variety of programs for children this summer. Click HERE to check out events on the library facebook page. To register your child in advance email or call 613-756-2000.

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