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Bug Grossology at Metropolitan Libraries

“Them!” were giant ants.  “The Deadly Mantis” was a giant mantodea.  “Tarantula” was a giant—well, you know.  Other than being at the center of three science fiction movies from the 1950s, what do they all have in common?  They’re bugs.  And nobody likes them.  Or do they?

As part of its Summer at the Library reading program for teens, called “Metamorphosis,” the Metropolitan Library System is presenting a series of buggy events called “Bug Grossology from the Science Museum of Oklahoma.”  Teens in attendance can learn everything they’ve always wanted to know about the less savory habits of the creatures that make up over one-half of the world’s inhabitants. 

“Bugs aren’t always cute and cuddly,” said MLS young adult services coordinator Emily Williams.  “You know, I’m not sure they’re ever cuddly, but some of them, like lady bugs, score pretty high on the cute scale.  But the thing is that sometimes the things they do are downright disgusting!”

Teens are invited to explore the lives of dung devourers, bloodsuckers, cooties and more in this offbeat and entertaining look at the gross side of the arthropods.

“Have you ever eaten a bug?” Williams asked.  “Sure, you think you haven’t, but join us and learn about the bugs you eat everyday, and sample your own bug filled snack.  And I’m not talking escargot, either.”

The series of programs began at the Downtown Library, Midwest City Library, and Capitol Hill Library, but you can still take a look at Bug Grossology at the following libraries:

Edmond Library on June 17 at 4:00pm

Bethany Library on June 19 at 2:00pm

Southern Oaks Library on June 20 at 2:00pm

Ralph Ellison Library on July 3 at 6:00pm

The Village Library on July 15 at 3:00pm

The Del City Library on July 28 at 2:00pm

You need to pre-register for this program so call the library at which you want to attend and let them know you’re coming.

Sorry.  We don’t mean to bug you.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org