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Sam Ursus the California Room bear with a butterfly on her nose.
The Buzz On Pollinators The clawsome bear pair Al & Sam are fluttering with excitement for the new California Room exhibit: Pollinators - Keeping Company with Flowers . BEE a part of the Exhibit - NOW through September 16, 2017 Send us your photos of pollinators and we will print the photos to place in the exhibit . Tag us in your Instagram photo ( @sanjoselibrary ) or use #SJpollinators Test your knowledge & win! Al & Sam have thought up these 6 questions based around the Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers exhibit. Choose 3 & bring your answers to...Read more...
squash bee polinating a squash flower
Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is coming to the San Jose Public Library Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, an exhibit that portrays the relationship between insects and the flowers they pollinate, will be on the 5th floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library from July 18 through September 16, 2017. Join us on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Master Gardener Cynthia Butler: Learn how to create a Bee garden to provide habitat in your own yard for these important pollinators. This talk will introduce the most common types of Native bees observed in our area as...Read more...