We Have Ants in the Library
June 16, 2013
Yes, it’s true. Ants have come to the Camden Point Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. Our Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is “Dig Into Reading,” so we decided to focus on things found underground. After discussing the many objects and creatures found down there, we decided ants were the most interesting, as long as they were not in the kitchen.
There are about nine thousand kinds of ants living all over the world. The only places you won’t find them are the Arctic and Antarctic. Ants have been around since before the days of dinosaurs. Did you know that ants build homes with rooms having different purposes? They dig a room for storing food, a nursery for eggs, ventilation ducts, and a royal chamber for the queen ant. Thousands of ants live together in harmony in one underground home.
It might seem like it would be a good thing if all the ants disappeared, but they really are useful little creatures. They eat huge number of insect pests, scatter seeds, consume the bodies of many dead insects and small animals, and stir up the soil, enriching it. We have some great books about ants to check out such as Looking at Ants by Eleanor Christian or Armies of Ants by Walter Retan.
If you would like to see just how industrious and organized ants are, stop by the branch sometime this summer and watch our ant farm. You might just change your mind about ants, unless you find them in the kitchen.
Camden Point Branch