The Drumheller Public Library is fluttering over the fact they're raising butterflies.

"We are raising butterflies at the library this spring to kick off our summer programming," informed Emily Hollingshead, Director of Library services. "We will be focusing on nature and the environment."

Near the front desk, several caterpillars live in a container while silk begins to form around them. The purpose of raising butterflies in the library is to raise awareness to the responsibility we all have in making sure the environment can thrive.butterfly2Emily Hollingshead- Director of Library Services

"One of the things we want to emphasize this summer is teaching kinds early that they have a real practical role in what the environment is going to be like in the years to come." explained Hollingshead.

The caterpillars can begin their metamorphoses as early as this weekend with their chrysalises forming within the container they're in.

"The whole process should take about 3-4 weeks from the caterpillars we have in a little plastic container right now, to the butterflies pairing up and fluttering off to wherever they're going to lay their eggs," concluded Hollingshead.

After they fit into their chrysalises, the now cocooned butterflies will be carefully transferred over into the butterfly cage that the library has ready for them.  

Hollingshead is very excited and admits it's her first time actually raising butterflies. She encourages everyone to come to the library and see the, soon to be, butterflies before they are released outdoors.

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