Across all cultures, the butterfly has become a symbol of transformation and hope.  Its change from a common caterpillar to a beautiful winged creature inspires us as an image of rebirth and exemplifies the ultimate triumph of the spirit over life’s physical prisons.

The United States has around 750 species of butterflies, while Indiana has approximately 149 butterflies.  At the library, we have various native plantings around our grounds that provide an essential habitat and food source for local wildlife, which includes pollinators like butterflies, bees, birds, and other animals.  Butterflies help flowering plants reproduce and transfer the pollen from flower to flower, which allows fruits, vegetables, and flowers to produce new seeds as they visit many flowers.

 Join us on Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 p.m. as Steve Sass and Amanda Smith from Indiana Nature LLC present an exciting and educational program about the common butterflies found in the Michiana region. This family-friendly program will discuss butterfly identification, their life cycles, and ways to help them thrive. After the presentation, we will venture outside to search for butterflies and observe how the library’s landscaping supports them. It promises to be an informative and enjoyable experience.