Libraries Promote Importance of Protecting Wildlife and Open Space on Endangered Species Day


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On May 18, libraries will join schools, museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, agencies, businesses, community groups and conservation organizations to educate the public about the importance of protecting endangered species, as well as shed light on ways that individuals and groups can work to protect our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants.

Endangered Species Day was started by the United States Senate, setting aside the third Friday in May for the celebration.

In 2010, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, said, "As we work to protect our environment, we can't forget the importance of wildlife in sustaining earth's ecosystems.

"Endangered Species Day will provide a great opportunity to increase awareness and invite more people to join the fight to protect God's creatures."

Among the libraries participating is the Bangor (Maine) Public Library, which is hosting an event that will feature staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service providing games and activities to highlight the recovery of endangered species in Maine.

Children will have the opportunity to create Atlantic salmon wind socks and a sea turtle or Canada lynx mask. The library also promises a visit from the "Sturgeon General." In addition, an endangered species display will be in the children’s room throughout the month of May.

The Jefferson County Library (Louisville, Ga.) will share an endangered species display with the public. It will feature books, photos and other items highlighting special species and habitats. An Endangered Species Reading List and other material will be available.

The Scotlandville Library (East Baton Rouge, La., Library System) will offer programming for children, with activity sheets, coloring pages and book displays.

For more information on activities in your community on Endangered Species Day, or resources to learn more about endangered species, check out your local library.

The Endangered Species Day website has the following list of children's and adult resources that you can find at your local library.

Rare:Portraits of America's Endangered Species
Joel Sartore, (2010).

Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act
Joe Roman, (2011).

by Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager, (1994).

Remains of a Rainbow: Rare plants and animals of Hawai'
Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager, (2001).

by Andrew Zuckerman, (2007).

The World of the Polar Bear
by Norbert Rosing, (2006).

Polar Bears: A Natural History of a Threatened Species
by Ian Stirling, (2011).

For Younger Readers


Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet
by David McLimans (Caldecott Honor Book), , (2006).

by Becky Bloom, (1999).

Hush Little Polar Bear
by Jeff Mack, (2008).

Polar Bear Night
by Lauren Thompson & Stephen Savage, (2004).

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle, (1991).

Polar Bears
by Mark Newman, (2011).

Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow (Sharing Nature with Children Books)
by Marianne Berkes, (2008).

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef
by Marianne Berkes, (2004).

K -5

The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale
by Lydia Dabcovich, (1997).

Amazing Arctic Animals (All Aboard Science Reader),
by Jackie Glassman, (2002).

by Seymour Simon, (1993).

by Seymour Simon, (1989).

Can We Save Them? Endangered Species of North America
by David Dobson, (1997).

Almost Gone: The World's Rarest Animals (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2),
Steve Jenkins , (2006).

Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species (Nature's Treasures)
by Alexandra Wright, (1992).

The Best Book of Endangered and Extinct Animals
by Christiane Gunzi, (2004).

The Hawaiian Monk Seal
by Patrick Ching, (1994).

Endangered Bats (Earth's Endangered Animals)
by Bobbie Kalman, (2006).

Endangered Wolves
by Bobbie Kalman, (2005).


Wolves of the Beyond
by Kathryn Lasky, (fiction series).

Lost Wild America: The Story of Our Extinct and Vanishing Wildlife
by Robert M. McClung, (1993).

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
by Phillip M Hoose, (2004).

Last Chance to See
by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, (1991).

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