Knoxville Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) took place in June and July 2016, following the national theme for early readers and children, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!,” which focused on sports and keeping active.
As part of our SRP programming, we collaborated with Iowa State University to host a Bug Olympics event in which live insects (cockroaches and crickets, mostly) demonstrated their "amazing athletic abilities." These abilities included the speed of standard cockroaches, the incredible strength of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and the jumping abilities of crickets. Kids were able to get up close and personal with the bug “athletes,” and they also handled other animals brought by the presenters.
Kids were able to get up close and personal with some insect "athletes" at the Knoxville (Iowa) Public Library's Bug Olympics program.