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Jackson County, Oregon (March 14, 2019) –John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services will present a variety of nature-themed programs at Jackson County Libraries this April and May. These free programs are for all ages.
Bugs in the Library!
Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Central Point Library, 116 South Third Street
Learn about the world of insects, including bug anatomy, bugs in the environment, what bugs eat, insect defenses, and camouflage. Don’t just hear about insects… touch them too! There will be three species of stick insects, a tarantula, two species of cockroaches, a vinegaroon, blueberry beetles, and more. You can also taste a freeze-dried cricket or mealworm!
Worms and Composting
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard
Learn worm anatomy, what worms do for the planet, and why worms are important for composting. Vermicomposting (worm composting) can teach kids about life cycles, biology, and conservation. This program includes information on building and maintaining a compost bin at home.
Butterflies and Moths
Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12 noon–1:00 p.m.
Applegate Library, 18485 North Applegate Road
Learn and interact with some of the biggest and most spectacular preserved specimens of butterflies and moths with John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us Educational Services.
Mammals of Southern Oregon
Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.–12 noon
White City Library, 3143 Avenue C
Take a walk on the furry side and explore real animal skulls, furs, scat, and tracks. This program features 16+ real animal skulls and furs for the audience to handle and interact with, as well as a hands-on activity making your own animal tracks. No live animals.
Bats in the Library!
Monday, May 4, 2019 from 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Rogue River Library, 412 East Main Street
Learn about these flying mammals and their important role in the ecosystem. The program features six different species of preserved bat specimens, a bat skeleton, and bat echolocation sounds. The audience will receive instructions on building a bat house, Bat ID sheets and bat coloring pages at the finish.
John Jackson is a naturalist with a life-long interest in bugs and other creatures. He has amassed a collection of over 1,300 different species of insects from all over the globe as well as an ever-growing collection of live insects. He enjoys sharing his interest with others during his engaging, hands-on presentations.
For more information about these programs, please visit
About Jackson County Library Services:
The mission of the Jackson County Library District is to connect everyone to information, ideas and each other. With 15 branches throughout the county, community meeting rooms, programs, outreach to homebound residents and to childcare centers, computer classes, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts, library services touch nearly every Jackson County resident. For more information about library services and locations, visit

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