Staff Contributor: Ashley Shrader
In order for this display to really come together, I took some time to experience The Butterfly Haven for myself. Walking into the greenhouse where the butterflies are housed, I felt a sense of wonder and a flood of intrigue. Butterflies, flowers, birds, and sunlight are all fighting for your attention. Throughout the habitat there are places to sit and just soak up your surroundings. Within thirty seconds I was in love. As I exited the habitat both Randy and Karen took their time telling me their story and answering my questions. They showed me around their gift shop and helped me pick out a prize for the display. Since my experience with the butterflies I’ve been encouraged to do some research to give my display solid footing.
- More than 20 species of butterfly found in the United States are on the endangered species list.
- Butterflies are pollinators. If they go extinct, so will chocolate, apples, coffee, and many other foods.
- 75% of food crops worldwide depend on butterflies for pollination.
With these facts and a new appreciation for these beautiful creatures, the display went up and comments came pouring in! Patrons told me how much their grandkids loved the books and information, while others were excited about the new authors the display had to offer. Others still loved that the books differed from what they normally came to the library for. The response to this display was encouraging and uplifting. The opportunity to do this and be a part of the creative nature of this display is something I’m very thankful for.