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Red Wigglers Revisited

For our second year of Greenie Programs we once again kept red wigglers living at our desk in the Children’s Department.   The container that the worms were living in was the perfect environment; dark and moist. The Red Wigglers also known as compost worms were feeding on banana peels, coffee grounds, lint, and newspaper, truly a feast.


The first story read was“Ned’s New Home ” by Kevin Tseng . It was a cute story about Ned’s house being an apple and  it “raining apple juice” sending Ned in search of a new home. After attempting to reside in different fruit, with a house made from blueberries as a disaster, Ned once again finds a perfect home in an another apple.


The book “Bob and Otto” by Robert O. Bruel, tells of a worm and caterpillar as friends. One day Bob says he needs to climb the old tree; that it is important. Otto can not understand why. As the story continues we realize that Bob needs to become a butterfly. Although,  all Otto did was to dig around  the tree’s roots, he made it able for his friend Bob to become a butterfly by helping the old tree grow. Bob and Otto reunite, with Bob being thankful for Otto’s simple act of digging.

The craft was inspired by “Ned’s New Home”. A paper apple was made with two holes punched in on each side. A leaf and stem were first glued to the apple. Then a green pipe cleaner was threaded through each hole. Each end of the pipe cleaner was rolled to create a head and tail of a worm. An eye was glue to the top of one end. To finish the craft a popsicle stick was taped to the back of the apple.

Afterwards we talked about how worms live and grow and then the group got a close up look at the red wigglers with our “creature peepers”.  These magnifiers let everyone get a good look from above and below in viewing the worms.

Once  outside everyone got a least two handfuls of dirt and worms to put into the compost bin. “Black Gold”, or amazing composted dirt, will be the end result!


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Fuzzy Wuzzy Bears

September’s first Preshool Storytime had the  theme of bears. The stories told us about Norris the wise bear, Big Smelly Bear and why he smelled, and a distraught bear who had lost his hat.

Catherine Rayner’s delightful story, “The Bear Who Shared” told of Norris waiting patiently for a “plorringe” to drop from the tree; but he wasn’t the only one waiting to eat the plorringe. Who will get the fruit first?  The story’s title is a hint!


Jon Klassen’s “I Want My Hat Back” told of a bear who had lost his hat. The bear misses his hat very much.  He asks each woodland creature he encounters if they have seen it.  After thinking it over the bear realizes who exactly stole his hat. There is a confrontation, and let’s just say… the bear gets his hat back.



In  Britta Teckentrup’s “Big Smelly Bear”, we find out what makes Big Smelly Bear smelly – he doesn’t bathe! But things change one day when Big Smelly Bear meets Big Fluffy Bear.  Big Fluffy Bear tells Big Smelly Bear that if he bathed he won’t smell anymore.  Reluctantly he takes the advice and Big Smelly Bear becomes just Big Bear.

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Worms Are Our friends in the Garden

Who knew worms could be so much fun! Our Greenie group gathered to enjoy stories, a hands on look at worms, and exploration of the Community Garden. The books chosen followed the friendship between a caterpillar and a worm, the recipe on how to make compost, and a worm’s search for a new home.

“Ned’s New Home” by Kevin Tseng, wiggled into the hearts of the Greenies as Ned the worm tries out fruit after fruit hoping each one will replace his rotting apple house. None were suitable, until a bird picks up Ned up while sitting on a cherry only to fall onto an apple tree full of big beautiful apples.  Ned was finally happy!

Mary McKenna Siddals’ delightful pictures and rhyming text in “Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth”, told of the needed elements in making a proper compost. Our Greenies learned that through the seasons many items can be added to a compost bin, including red wiggler worms.

In Robert Bruel’s “Bob and Otto“, Otto the worm parts way with his friend Bob the caterpillar as nature takes its course for Bob’s metamorphosis.  Bob says he needs to climb the tree to eat it, while Otto says he needs to dig under the roots of the tree. When Otto again meets Bob, now a butterfly, he is sad for the fact that he doesn’t have wings.  Bob reassures Otto that if it wasn’t for his digging in the soil the tree that grew the green leaves for him to eat would would not have happened.  The Greenies realize how important the simple act of digging by worms can be.

After the stories and a small craft, the Greenies were able to view live worms with our “creature peepers” (a sort of magnifying glass). The worms had been quietly living in the Children’s Department in a special container, feeding on lint,  cardboard, and vegetable scraps.  Afterwards the Greenies ventured into the Community Garden where the worms were released into the soil and compost bin.


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