The LeGrand Pioneer Heritage Library will present “Bee”ing a Beekeeper at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4. Beekeeper Tina Nelson will discuss what it takes to be a beekeeper. Beekeeping is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or "bee yard". Humans have been collecting honey from wild bees as long as 15,000 years ago. Beekeeping in pottery vessels began about 9,000 years ago in North Africa. Domestication is shown in Egyptian art from around 4,500 years ago. Simple hives and smoke were used and honey was stored in jars, some of which were found in the tombs of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. It wasn't until the 18th century that European understanding of the colonies and biology of bees allowed the construction of the moveable comb hive so that honey could be harvested without destroying the entire colony.
Nelson will show the clothing and equipment that she uses to care for her bees and to remove the honey from the hive. She will discuss some of the problems honeybees face and some possible solutions. Library Director, Shelley Barron will have information on how to help our native bees which are also under assault from habitat destruction, pesticides and lack of pollination plants. There will be different honeys to taste and also some treats made from honey. Barron will have some of her vintage beekeeping books on display and a list of helpful books and websites for beekeeping and helping native bees. This program is free and open to the public. The library is located at 204 N. Vine Street in the City Park in LeGrand. For more information call 479-2122.
Library Hours: Sunday 3-6, Tuesday 10-8,
Wednesday 9-12 & 5-8, Thursday 10-5
The State Library of Iowa has announced that the LeGrand Pioneer Heritage Library has once again met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”