The Museum Cove of the Youth Services Department is an area located in the children’s program room at the Northport Library. The Museum Cove was created to introduce children to a museum experience featuring a variety of subjects. Each exhibit is supported by displays, books, multimedia components, and hands-on interactive items and activities. Special programs are also presented to coordinate with each exhibit.
The Pond and Beyond!
New York’s Native Freshwater Fish,
Reptiles, and Amphibians
January – May 2013
Wintertime is upon us, but spring will be here before you know it! What better way to anticipate earth’s greenest season than a visit to the Northport Library’s Museum Cove and its newest exhibit The Pond and Beyond!
The Library is delighted to be partnering with the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, a not-for-profit environmental organization located just across the border in Nassau County. The Hatchery, which opened in 1883 as a New York State hatchery, now entertains and educates visitors with its exhibits, demonstrations, and animal displays. Situated between St. John’s Pond and the Long Island Sound, this unique center has eight outdoor ponds stocked with different species of fish and two aquarium buildings that house a large living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish, and amphibians. The grounds are beautiful to visit, and numerous activities and events throughout the year promise that there is always something for children and adults to see and do at the Hatchery. You can even feed the fish!
For this current Museum Cove exhibit, the display case is filled with information about native wildlife, including some taxidermal specimens on loan from the Hatchery. On the walls of the Museum Cove are large photographs of the Hatchery wildlife. Environmental educators will be presenting several programs at the Library highlighting the aquatic ecology of Long Island. Take a walk on the wild side and visit The Pond and Beyond! at the Northport Library from January through May.
Fish Hatchery Fun
(N) Tuesday, March 12,
3:00 p.m. Children in grades K-2
4:00 p.m. Children in grades 3-5
Come meet some real New Yorkers! An educator from the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will bring living examples of freshwater fish, amphibians, and reptiles that are native to New York State. Participants will have an opportunity to see the animals and learn about their habitats and more. (30 min.) Registration begins February 26 at either library or online. (NENJ973,NENJ974)
(N) Monday, April 22, 4:00 p.m.
Children birth to 5 years with adults; siblings welcome
Celebrate Earth Day with some great music! Join Darlene Graham as she leads the group in a party that pays homage to nature and all our aquatic friends who share our planet. (45 min.) Registration begins April 8 at either library or online. (NENJ975)
Freshwater Family Activities
(N) Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Children in grades K-3; parents and siblings welcome
Enjoy an evening with your family as you create some crafts and learn more about our local freshwater and its inhabitants. Light refreshments will be served. (45 min.) Registration begins April 26 at either library or online. (NENJ976)