Bossard to host Newport Aquarium exhibit

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library will host a traveling Newport Aquarium exhibit at 1 p.m. April 2.

“We are pleased to welcome the Newport Aquarium to the library,” said Bossard Memorial Library Director Debbie Saunders. “Hosting this kind of event fulfills our mission to give community members a kind of unique experience that they would normally have to travel for. They might not otherwise have this opportunity, so we like to bring it to your local library.

The name of the event is “Penguins, Sharks and Crocs …Oh My!” From 1 to 1:45 p.m., aquarium representatives will have a 30-minute presentation lecturing about penguins and their lives before having a 15- to 20-minute touching and picture-taking session with live animals. From 2 to 2:30 p.m., representatives will discuss American alligators, as well as the difference between crocodiles and alligators. There will also be a brief touching session with live animals. Lastly, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., presenters will roll in the “Shark Cart” and discuss shark learning before allowing crowd to also touch some of the animals.

The Newport Aquarium is based in Newport, Ky., just south of Cincinnati across the Ohio River. The aquarium has roughly 70 exhibits and 14 galleries with five acrylic “tunnels.”

On April 3, the library encourages Gallia County residents to visit the University of Rio Grande Bob Evans Field for a baseball doubleheader. The game will feature the RedStorm versus Brescia University around 1 p.m. Books shall be read to individuals of all ages around 2:45 p.m.

“We’ve been partnering with the University of Rio Grande for several years in that we’ve had the RedStorm baseball players here for events,” Saunders said. “In the last few years, we’ve gone out to the university to foster collaborative institutions.”

Saunders said RedStorm players will engage those in attendance and read.

On April 9, the Friends of Bossard Memorial Library will have a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saunders noted that money raised will help support library programs in the future.

April 10-16 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” The library will be kicking off its “Book a Bike” program that same week with more details to be announced in the future. Grant money was awarded to the library to help start the program.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright